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The Woods County Health Department serves as a key agency responsible for health promotion and disease prevention. The Department focuses on strategies that protect and improve the public's health status. Services provided by the Woods County Health Department include: Communicable and Chronic Disease, Child Health, WIC, Family Planning, SoonerStart, Children First, Immunizations, Health Education, and Environmental Services.


Important information regarding the measles outbreak:

There have been some news reports concerning the recent measles outbreak in which a physician said that immunity from measles vaccine wanes over time.  

As far as we know this is not the case.  Antibody levels may drop over time, but if an individual is exposed to measles, the vaccine-induced antibodies will quickly rebound and fight off the disease.  “Both serologic and epidemiologic evidence indicate that measles-containing vaccines induce long lasting immunity in most persons (148).” pg. 9 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6204.pdf

If an individual born in 1957 or later has received 2 doses of measles vaccines on or after the 1st birthday and at least 28 days apart the individual has the best protection we can offer.   We cannot say exactly how effective the vaccine is, but, “The effectiveness of 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine was ≥99% in two studies conducted in the United States…”  pg. 9 - http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6204.pdf

A third dose or booster dose of measles vaccine is not recommended, even for people who are traveling to California if they have been appropriately vaccinated.  

A second dose of MMR may be administered to adults born in 1957 or later who have received one dose.

“Adults born before 1957 can be considered to have immunity to measles, rubella (except for women who could become pregnant), and mumps. However, MMR vaccine (1 dose or 2 doses administered at least 28 days apart) can be administered to any person born before 1957 who does not have a contraindication to MMR vaccination.” Pg. 21 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6204.pdf

Also – “Documented age-appropriate vaccination supersedes the results of subsequent serologic testing. If a person who has 2 documented doses of measles- or mumps-containing vaccines is tested serologically and is determined to have negative or equivocal measles or mumps titer results, it is not recommended that the person receive an additional dose of MMR vaccine. Such persons should be considered to have presumptive evidence of immunity.” pg. 18 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6204.pdf  

Special Announcements
We do provide immunizations year round, avoid the back to school rush and get your child in early during the summer for necessary immunizations. Contact the health department for more information.

The Woods County Health Department will be closed the following days in 2015: January 1 (New Year's Day; January 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); February 16 (President's Day); May 25 (Memorial Day); July 3 (Independence Day); September 7 (Labor Day); November 11 (Veteran's Day); November 26-27 (Thanksgiving); and December 24-25 (Christmas). Thank you.

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