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"Measles is probably one of the most contagious viral illnesses known", said Sara Lopez, nurse manager for the Summit County Public Health Department.

IN residents choosing to seek a vaccine using this order should inform the pharmacist they will be using the state health commissioner's standing order.

"Not every adult will need to have one", said Weaver.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed.

Are you at risk of contracting measles if you're already vaccinated? Once you've had measles, your body builds up resistance to the virus and it's highly unlikely you'll get it again.

Officials suggested Utahns work with their health care providers, local health departments or pharmacies to arrange for vaccinations.

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Just four months into this year, the CDC has reported 704 cases of the measles in 22 states, with a single case in Colorado.

If you're an adult, check with your doctor about whether you're up to date on your vaccines. The state's order was created to make it easier for adults to receive the vaccination from pharmacies. Weaver added that residents who want to protect themselves from multiple ailments can received an inoculation with a triple goal.

Dr. Tamara Sheffield, prevention specialist Intermountain Healthcare, talked about measles, mumps and rubella. "One shot covers all three, and mumps has been making a comeback".

"We're thinking we may not escape that bullet", said Allyn Nakashima, program manager at the state health department, because of outbreaks in "surrounding states".

Unvaccinated children; persons born from 1960 through the 1970s, who were given the old vaccine; persons traveling internationally - especially to Japan, Israel, Philippines, Ukraine, Brazil - where current outbreaks are occurring. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can't receive it for medical reasons. In 1989, American health officials began advising that individuals get two doses of MMR vaccine rather than one, which raises the effectiveness level from 93 to 97 percent.

Yesterday, one of the infected people was at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car location at 2260 Babcock Boulevard, meaning that anyone there from 2 to 5 p.m. could have been exposed.

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Usually measles starts with fever, followed by cough, runny nose and pink eye.

Measles can be serious, and there is no treatment or cure. Complications from measles can range from ear infections and pneumonia to deadly encephalitis.

There are several large measles outbreaks across Europe and there has been an increase in measles cases across England.

There are pockets of dangerously low vaccination rates that make the return of preventable diseases more likely.

As of April 9, NY has imposed a sanction that if health officials identify "a person with measles or an unvaccinated child exposed to measles" in certain ZIP codes of Brooklyn, that individual or their parent or guardian could be fined $1,000.

Anyone born before 1957 is considered immune to measles because nearly all individuals born prior to that year likely had measles.

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