Free MMR Vaccinations At “Misconduct For Measles”
Genesis Health Group and the Quad City Mallards will team up for “Misconduct for Measles” on Wednesday, March 18 at iWireless Center.
The Quad Cities has been able to avoid a recent outbreak of measles across the country because of high vaccination rates in the region. The pediatricians of Genesis Health Group hope to continue to keep measles away from Quad Cities children with the “Misconduct for Measles” awareness event.
If you have not protected your child against the measles virus, 200 free measles vaccinations will be available from 6-7 p.m. on a “first come, first served’’ basis before the Mallards play Tulsa at iWireless Center. Information will also be available from Genesis Health Group pediatrician Julia Hensch, M.D., about the suggested scheduling of all childhood vaccinations.
Any family that receives an MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccination will also receive free tickets to stay for the game. Mallards player Logan Nelson will be receiving his MMR.
Tracing the most recent measles outbreak to an amusement park in California, more than 180 cases of measles have been reported in 18 states, including Illinois. In 2014, there were 644 cases of measles nationally, which was a higher number than in the previous five years combined.
In the Quad Cities, the measles vaccination rate for school-age children is an impressive 97 percent.
“We want to get the word out that vaccination makes a difference. We haven’t experienced the measles outbreak here probably because of our high vaccination rate,’’ said Dr. Hensch. “But if the vaccination rate would drop below 95 percent, the chance for an outbreak increases significantly.’’
Dr. Hensch suggested that parents who are reluctant to vaccinate children talk with their family doctor or pediatrician about vaccines. Some families may be eligible for free or low-cost options through the county health departments.
“The MMR vaccine has a long record of safety and effectiveness,’’ Dr. Hensch added.
At “Misconduct for Measles,” parents will be presented information and will be able to sign their consent to have their child vaccinated immediately. A second vaccination may be required.