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Health department sets measles, mumps and rubella vaccination clinic for Aug. 14

STREATOR — The LaSalle County Health Department will have a free MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) vaccination mobile clinic Wednesday, Aug. 14.

This clinic is made possible by using the OSF King Care-A-Van. The mobile health center, donated by Don and Val King of rural Manlius, promotes wellness in rural communities.

The clinic will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Streator City Park’s south lot, located at 301 N. Vermillion St.

With measles continuing to rise across the United States, the health department is taking action to prevent cases of measles and increase vaccination rates.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends people get the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella. The health department is administering this vaccine at no charge.

The CDC recommends all children get two doses of MMR. Adults who do not have evidence of immunity should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine. People 6 months of age and older who will be traveling internationally should be protected against measles.

Health care personnel without evidence of immunity should get two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days. Women of childbearing age should check with their doctor to make sure they are vaccinated before they get pregnant. Participants should bring their shot record (if available) on the day of the clinic.

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