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Rock County health update

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Steve Benton
May 27, 2008
— The measles outbreak reported in the U.S. is waning, and Wisconsin only had seven total reported cases.

But Rock County Health Officer, Dr. Joseph Schurhammer, says there's a lesson to be learned. He says we can get complacent and forget about updating immunizations. He says travelers brought back the measles from Europe, where there is currently an outbreak.


On the home front, there are some changes taking place in the immunization requirements for children. Schurhammer says vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are now required in grades 6, 9, and eleven. Beginning next school year, a second dose of the vaccine for chicken pox will be required.


The bad news, if you consider it that, is your kids will get a few extra pokes in the arm. But Schurhammer says it's well worth it.



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