Measles hasn’t made its way to Kansas yet, but Crawford County health officials are making sure they’re prepared just in case.
At the commission meeting, the Crawford County Health Department discussed how they plan on staying ahead. They are keeping their eye on the latest cases and have a plan in place if it does get into the area. Right now, they reccommend all residents make sure they’re up to date on their vaccinations. The health department says the best way to keep the virus of of the state is by preventing it from getting here in the first place.
“But it’s just something we’re keeping an eye on and so is the state. But the main thing we’ve been doing is talking prevention and getting immunized so that people aren’t at risk for getting measles,” says Rebecca Adamson, Crawford County Health Department.
There have been more than 800 cases of measles in the U.S. this year, including a case in Missouri, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Measles symptoms include high fever that may spike over 104 degrees, coughing, a runny nose and a rash. The Crawford County Health Department offers measles vaccinations for little to no cost to the patient.