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Per the following Georgia Department of Public Health press release, please note that, currently, there are no measles cases reported in our health district, but vaccination is KEY in preventing the spread of this virus. Parents, make sure your children are up to date! MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines are safe, effective, and available at our Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties during regular clinic hours. Please click on the name of your county to find their contact information and clinic hours.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                               

April 11, 2024                                                                         


DPH Confirms Third Measles Case in 2024

MMR Vaccine is Safe and Effective in Preventing Measles


ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated individual traveling with an international group of students. The individual, who does not live in the United States, is isolated and receiving treatment at a local hospital. DPH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify and contact anyone who may have been exposed to the individual and to prevent further spread of measles.

Measles is very contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The measles virus can stay in the air for up to 2 hours after an infected person is there so you can become infected by simply being in a room where an infected person once was. 

Measles symptoms appear 7 to 14 days after contact with the virus and typically include high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out that usually starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children receive their first dose of MMR vaccine between 12-15 months of age and a second dose between 4-6 years old. More than 95% of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to all three viruses. A second dose boosts immunity, typically enhancing protection to 98%.

People with symptoms of measles should contact their healthcare provider immediately. DO NOT go to the doctor’s office, the hospital, or a public health clinic without FIRST calling to let them know about your symptoms. Healthcare providers who suspect measles in a patient should notify public health immediately.

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Nancy Nydam

Director Division of Communications

Georgia Department of Public Health

200 Piedmont SE / West Tower 1904 F / Atlanta, GA  30334

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Press Release PDF: DPH News Release - Measles Outbreaks - Vaccinate Before Travel March 2024