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.
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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.

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