LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox will be available at reduced prices at two upcoming health fair clinics.
The University of Louisville and the Department of Public and Health and Wellness are teaming up to offer the clinics April 19-20. The clinics are being held in the wake of six current measles outbreaks throughout the U.S.
And with tens of thousands of people traveling to Louisville for the Kentuckyu Derby, health officials are urging unvaccinated individuals to take advantage of the clinic.
Even people who were given MMR shots during their childhood are still at risk if they didn't receive the second booster shot. Individuals who fall into one or more of the following categories should consider getting the shots:
- Adults who do not have evidence of receiving 2 doses of MMR vaccine in the past
- Children and adolescents under the age of 18 years should have received MMR vaccine and chickenpox vaccine from their pediatrician or primary care provider. If not, they may come to one of the clinics for evaluation
- Adults who do not have evidence of receiving 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine and have not had diagnosed chicken pox
- Individuals preparing for international travel
- Adults previously vaccinated between 1963-1967 (typically, adults now in their fifties) when the measles vaccine administered may have been ineffective
- Adults previously vaccinated between 1963-1991 who may have received only a single dose of MMR vaccine
- Anyone wanting to be vaccinated who is unsure of their vaccination status.
According to a news release from Louisville's health department, six measles outbreaks of three or more cases have been reported in four states, including Washington, New York City, New York's Rockland County, New Jersey, California’s Butte County and California’s Santa Cruz County.
Eleven other states, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon and Texas have also seen measles cases, although Louisville has not had any reported measles cases so far this year. However, Kentucky has had one case involving an unvaccinated child living in the south-central part of the state who had traveled outside the U.S.
The clinics will be held at the U of L Vaccine and International Travel Clinic at 501 W. Broadway in downtown Louisville. Vaccinations that usually range in price from $100-$150 per dose will be available for $40.
Because of the reduced rate, insurance cannot be accepted at the clinics, but medical spending accounts will be accepted, along with cash and bank cards.
Uninsured individuals can also receive the vaccines from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Call (502)-574-5380 for information.
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