May Edition of The Whistler

Keep Calm and Vaccinate

There are currently vaccines available for 18 dangerous or deadly diseases. Over the years, these vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Infants, children, adolescents, teens and adults need different vaccinations, depending on their age, location, job, lifestyle, travel schedule, health conditions or previous vaccinations.

In Minnesota, when a patient is diagnosed with a disease that is “vaccine-preventable”, the Minnesota Department of Health & local health departments work to identify individuals who may have been exposed, assess their immunity, and recommend post-exposure prophylaxis as needed for that particular situation.

Currently, there is a vaccine-preventable outbreak of measles. As of April 28, 2017, there have been 32 confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota.


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