The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Knox County Health Department and Holmes County General Health District, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating several suspected cases of measles in the Knox County area. The initial cases are unvaccinated travelers who returned to Ohio from the Philippines.

There are no confirmed measles cases in Richland County.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7-18 days after exposure. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset.

Generally, if you were born before 1957 you are considered immune. “Adults born in 1957 or later should contact their medical provider and get vaccinated to protect themselves from this highly contagious virus,” said Martin Tremmel, Health Commissioner at Richland Public Health. “Parents should review their children’s vaccination records to assure that they are up-to-date on their MMR vaccines,” Tremmel added.

Richland Public Health Clinic has Neighborhood Immunization Clinics throughout Richland County. Please call the Immunization Hotline for dates, times, and locations 419-774-8115. The schedule is also available online at www.richlandhealth.org (type “immunizations” in the search box).

Immunizations for adults and children are available by appointment through the Richland Public Health Clinic 419-774-4700. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

ODH and its local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC. These recommendations include vaccination schedules for when individuals (children and adults) should receive their vaccinations. To access the current CDC recommended immunization schedules, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/index.html.

The CDC also recommends that all travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. 

Richland Public Health is scheduling two measles clinics for residents to get their vaccine. Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine administered at these clinics, the Richland Public Health Clinic and all Neighborhood Clinics will be free of charge.

The first clinic is Wednesday, April 30 at the Three Crosses United Methodist Church, 12 Cleveland Street in Butler from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

The second clinic is Thursday, May 1 at the Butler Township Building, 6183 Olivesburg-Fitchville Road in Greenwich. 

MMR vaccine is available regularly through Richland Public Health Neighborhood Immunization Clinics and the Richland Public Health Clinic, 555 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield. To schedule a clinic appointment call 419-774-4700. The Neighborhood Immunization Clinics schedule is available online at www.richlandhealth.org or by calling the hotline at 419-774-8115 for dates, times and locations. No appointments are needed at Neighborhood Immunization Clinics.

Local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC. These recommendations include vaccination schedules for when individuals (children and adults) should receive their vaccinations.

Richland Public Health wishes to acknowledge the assistance and cooperation of Three Crosses United Methodist Church and the Butler Township Trustees.

For more information about measles, visit the ODH website at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/.