The Importance of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

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Phil Maytubby, Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department Public Health Protection, offers this assessment about the measles outbreak in parts of the U.S.

“While we do not have any measles cases in OK County, our team of epidemiologists is in regular contact with the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitoring updates on outbreaks occurring in other parts of the country.

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) shots are not free at the OKC-County Health Department, however we do have a Vaccine For Children (VFC) program that provides some vaccines for free.

Clients that are 18 years and under qualify for VFC if they do not have insurance, are underinsured (or have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines), are Medicaid or Medicaid eligible, or are Alaskan Native or Native American.

The OKC-County Health Department is dedicated to providing immunization services against preventable diseases like MMR. Immunizations protect the health of individuals and the entire community.

We also encourage families to visit one of our three local clinics over the spring and summer months to get current on all childhood immunizations, which are required for all children entering public school in August. Visit www.occhd.org/locations for more information.”