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Friday, March 27th 2015  8:09:am

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"Crazy Socks" Run

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“By Your Side” Run 5K, Fun Run/Roll & Dog Walk events

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Heart & Sole 2015

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2nd Annual Red Feather Run

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PAC-ING AWAY CANCER RELAY FOR LIFE PAC-MAN 5K RUN/1K WALK

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24th Annual NSUOCO Dr. Preston Smith Memorial Optometric 5K Classic

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  • "Crazy Socks" Run

  • “By Your Side” Run 5K, Fun Run/Roll & Dog Walk events

  • Heart & Sole 2015

  • 2nd Annual Red Feather Run

  • PAC-ING AWAY CANCER RELAY FOR LIFE PAC-MAN 5K RUN/1K WALK

  • 24th Annual NSUOCO Dr. Preston Smith Memorial Optometric 5K Classic

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Cherokee Nation Health News

Measels pictureFrom January 1 to January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles*. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.

  • Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.
  • Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.
  • About three out of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea.
  • Complications are more common in adults and young children.
  • To date there are no known cases of measles in the state of Oklahoma. The last confirmed case was detected in 1997. However more than 100 people in 14 states have contracted measles linked to an exposure at Disneyland . Enclosed information is shared as a part of our efforts to keep you informed about best public health practice.

Measles information for parents

Measles and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It

The best way to protect against measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (called the MMR shot). Doctors recommend that all children get the MMR shot.

Why should my child get the MMR shot?

The MMR shot:

  • Protects your child from measles, a potentially serious disease (and also protects against mumps and rubella)
  • Prevents your child from getting an uncomfortable rash and high fever from measles
  • Keeps your child from missing school or childcare (and keeps you from missing work to care for your sick child)

Is the MMR shot safe?

Yes. The MMR shot is very safe, and it is effective at preventing measles (as well as mumps and rubella). Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. But most children who get the MMR shot have no side effects.

Is there a link between the MMR shot and autism?

No. Scientists in the United States and other countries have carefully studied the MMR shot. None has found a link between autism and the MMR shot.

What are the symptoms of measles?

Measles starts with a fever that can get very high. Some of the other symptoms that may occur are:

  • Cough, runny nose, and red eyes
  • Rash of tiny, red spots that start at the head and spread to the rest of the body
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infection

Is it serious?

Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. From 2001-2013, 28% of children younger than 5 years old who had measles had to be treated in the hospital.

For some children, measles can lead to:

  • Pneumonia (a serious lung infection)
  • Lifelong brain damage
  • Deafness
  • Death

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