Measles vaccination shots will be given out in Medina County next month following several reported cases in Knox and Holmes counties.
While no measles cases have been reported in Medina, the Medina County Health Department is recommending that anyone not already immunized should make arrangements to be vaccinated.
Shots will be given from 1 to 4 p.m. May 7 at the health department’s immunization clinic at the Brunswick Recreation Center, 3637 Center Road, Brunswick.
Appointments need to be made by calling 330-723-9688.
“Immunization is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from this highly contagious respiratory disease,” Health Commissioner Krista Wasowski said in a news release. “When fully administered, the vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing the disease.”
Generally two doses are given, the first being offered between the ages of 12 to 15 months and the second between the ages of 4 and 6.
The vaccine given for measles provides protection for measles, mumps and rubella.
Sixteen cases of measles have been confirmed among the Amish in Knox County and the Ohio Department of Health reports the outbreak began with travelers who had not been vaccinated returning to Ohio from the Philippines.
An outbreak in the Philippines led to at least 20,000 illnesses.
The Medina County Health Department also said there have been reported cases in Holmes.
Measles symptoms appear one to three weeks after a person is exposed to the virus and symptoms include fevers, coughs, rashes and pink eye.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.