Measles Vaccination Clinic In Mitchell

Clinic is this Friday, no appointments are necessary.

The South Dakota Health Department has scheduled a measles vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Davison County North Annex, Community Health Office, 1420 N. Main St. in Mitchell.

No appointments are necessary.

State health officials say two doses of the measles (MMR) vaccine are recommended, the first at 12 months of age and a second dose by age four. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are required for students entering schools, day care centers and college in South Dakota.

Health officials encourage all area residents to check their vaccination records and attend the clinic if they have not previously been vaccinated. Individuals born before 1957 are considered to have natural immunity because the disease was so widespread then and do not need vaccination.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne viral disease transmitted from one person to another by direct contact or droplet spread. It is a serious illness that causes permanent brain damage in one in every 1,000 patients and is fatal in three out of every 1,000 patients.