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GCHD Urges Community Vigilance Amid Rising Measles Cases

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GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas—Galveston County Health District (GCHD) recommends that residents ensure that they are
up to date on their measles vaccine (MMR vaccine) in light of rising cases across the U.S.
Measles, a highly contagious but preventable viral infection, poses significant health risks, particularly to vulnerable
populations such as infants, pregnant women, and individuals with compromised immune systems. The recent increase
in cases serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat posed by vaccine-preventable diseases.
The MMR vaccine offers protection against three viral diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. Two doses of the MMR
vaccine are highly effective, providing around 97% protection against measles, while one dose offers about 93%
protection. The recommended schedules for MMR vaccination may differ for those who are planning international
travel. . If you are not traveling, it is recommended that young children receive their first dose of the MMR vaccine
between the ages of 12-15 months, and the second dose between the ages of 4-6 years. Children and adolescents up to
the age of 18 without evidence of immunity should receive a 2-dose series at least 4 weeks apart. For adults aged 19
and older with no evidence of immunity, the first dose should be administered as soon as possible. A second dose may
be required based on individual health status and where you work.
If you are traveling internationally, it is best to visit the CDC website for travel health information and to determine
which vaccines or medicines you may need and what disease or health risks are of concern at your destination. Contact
your doctor or travel vaccine clinic at least 6 weeks before your trip.
Dr. Philip Keiser, CEO and Local Health Authority at Galveston County Health District said, “We are deeply concerned by
the resurgence of measles in the United States; vaccination remains our strongest tool in preventing the spread of this
highly contagious disease and safeguarding public health.”
In light of the escalating situation, GCHD urges all individuals, regardless of age, to take charge of their health and ensure
they are up-to-date with their measles vaccination. Vaccination protects individuals and contributes to community
immunity, reducing the risk of outbreaks and safeguarding those who cannot be vaccinated.
Furthermore, GCHD encourages healthcare providers to remain vigilant in identifying and promptly reporting suspected
measles cases to prevent further transmission. Measles is an immediately notifiable disease.

Media Contact: Amanda Wolff
Executive Office Manager
Executive Assistant to CEO
409-938-2273 (office)
awolff@gchd.org

If you or someone you know needs a measles vaccination, please contact your healthcare provider. The Galveston
County Health District Immunizations Clinic offers MMR vaccine through the Texas Vaccines for Children and the Adult
Safety Net Programs, self-pay, and some Blue Cross Blue Shield products.
The GCGD Immunizations clinic is at 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104, in Texas City. The hours are from
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information about the services offered by our immunizations clinic and eligibility, please visit
www.gchd.org/imm

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