Protect Buchanan County from Measles
Measles is considered a Public Health Emergency!
Measles is a highly contagious disease with a high susceptibility rate; individuals not protected from measles have a 90% chance of coming down with the disease if they are around someone with measles and/or enter a room up to 2 hours after someone with measles has left the room. Individuals with measles are contagious even before the rash appears with the onset of the first symptoms including a high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes. Anyone who is not protected (see proof of immunity below) that comes in contact with measles can become sick if exposed. If you or someone you know has the first symptoms of measles, or has these symptoms then 3 – 5 days later comes down with a rash that begins on the face at the hairline and spreads to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet, medical attention should be sought to be diagnosed. Do NOT enter any medical facility without calling ahead with your symptoms to allow adequate preparations can be made to avoid further exposure to others.
Below are answers to the most frequently asked measles questions. We ask you pay close attention to the information regarding vaccinations and proof of immunity. If you were born between 1957 and 1972 you may need additional protection! It might just save your life or the life of someone close to you. Together we can help stop the spread of measles during this national outbreak and keep measles out of Buchanan County.
Where do I find measles information?
What is measles?
How do I protect myself and my family from measles?
Who needs to be vaccinated from measles?
Where can I get vaccine for my children (through 18 years) in Buchanan County? (Be sure to check with your health insurance provider to determine if vaccines are a covered benefit in your plan in advance.)
- Physician Clinics
- Buchanan County Public Health Department if your child (1) is not covered by health insurance, (2) is covered by health insurance that does not pay for vaccines, (3) is American Indian or Alaskan Native (AI/AN), (4) if you are Medicaid enrolled, please contact your doctors office.
Where can I get adult vaccine in Buchanan County? (All bill health insurance and do not require a prescription to administer the vaccine. Be sure to check with your health insurance provider to determine if vaccines are a covered benefit in your plan in advance.)
- Physician clinics (Call for an appointment.)
- Hartig Drug, Independence (M- F 9 AM to 6 PM; Sat 9 AM to 1 PM)
- Wal-Mart Pharmacy, Independence (Call ahead to assure a trained pharmacist is on duty to administer the vaccine.)
What if I do not have health insurance that pays for vaccine?
- You can pay for the vaccine out of pocket or make an appointment at one of the Community Health Centers in our area:
- People's Community Health Clinic - Waterloo
Location: 905 Franklin Street Waterloo, Iowa
- Community Health Free Clinic - Cedar Rapids
Location: 947 14th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
ACE-SAP Free Clinic - through Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa. The clinic is located at the Waterloo Salvation Army on the corner of Logan Ave and Hwy 63. Persons should enter the 207 Logan Ave entrance (by the chapel) and signs will direct you downstairs. The clinic is staffed by students, so times vary by student availability. You may call the Salvation Army at 319-235-9358 to confirm clinic dates and times.
What constitues "proof of immunity?"
- IDPH under vaccination recommendations
What information is being provided to schools?
Why all the fuss about measles?