Skip to main content

Some babies should get their second measles vaccine ASAP, officials say

With the recent outbreak in Minnesota, state officials are urging some parents not to wait four years between shots.

Usually in the U.S., kids get their first measles vaccine after turning one, and a second dose before starting kindergarten. But with the recent outbreak in Minnesota, state officials are urging some parents not to wait four years between shots.

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday that parents should vaccinate their kids as soon as they're a year old – earlier if they could be exposed to the disease – then get the second vaccine 28 days later. It's especially recommended if you're Somali Minnesotan or living in a county where measles has been confirmed: Hennepin, Ramsey, and Crow Wing counties.

That's because two doses is 97 percent effective, while a single dose is 93 percent effective.

As of Friday, there have been 44 confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota. Of those, 43 were kids 10 and younger, 38 were Somali Minnesotan, and 42 were in unvaccinated people.

In terms of location, 41 were in Hennepin County, two were in Ramsey County, and one was in Crow Wing County.

Officials also recommend unvaccinated adults get their shots.

You can get the latest reports on Minnesota's measles outbreak here.

For more information on the disease, check out this story on everything you need to know about Minnesota's measles outbreak.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 4.32.08 PM

State: Beltrami County Jail conditions present imminent risk of 'life-threatening harm'

The state is taking action to force changes at the Beltrami County Jail.

BrillyCarchiGoFundMe

Tributes to 15-year-old girl killed in Burnsville crash

The teenager was a student at Burnsville High School.

police lights

Charges: New Ulm couple abused young children with cruel punishments

Warning: The following contains upsetting details about child abuse.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 1.18.29 PM

Boy reels in 9.5lb walleye, wins pickup truck at Brainerd ice fishing tourney

Contestants come from all over the country compete in the annual event held in Brainerd.

ArrowheadRace

Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon in northern MN kicks off in -25F temperatures

The race is considered one of the 50 most challenging races in the world.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 9.31.03 AM

Old Navy closes Eagan store

There's another change in store for the popular Eagan strip mall.

Related

Amid MN measles outbreak, anti-vaccine speaker tells Somalis not to be bullied by health officials

Minnesota health officials say all medical research points to no link between MMR vaccines and autism.

3 unvaccinated toddlers in MN have measles

Health officials are also monitoring those exposed to the three kids.

The measles outbreak spreads to a 4th Minnesota county

There are now 58 confirmed cases in the state.

Allina Health is limiting child visits to its hospitals over measles outbreak

More than 40 people have been infected with measles in Minnesota.

More MN babies die because of bad sleeping conditions than car crashes

Experts say infants should sleep in cribs, on their backs, in their parents room to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Video: Everything you need to know about Minnesota's measles outbreak

What exactly is measles, how can you protect yourself, and why is everyone talking about it?

Minnesota's measles outbreak has spread to another county

It's now Minnesota's biggest measles outbreak of the last 20 years.

As measles cases pass 50, health commissioner wants $5M emergency fund

Health budgets are eating the $3M cost of responding to Minnesota's measles outbreak.