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Health Officials Discuss The Importance of Immunizations [AUDIO]

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ST. CLOUD — Health agencies around the state are reminding you of the importance of getting your children the proper immunizations.

This week is National Immunization Awareness week.

Janelle Johnson is a Pediatrician with CentraCare Health. She says it’s important to vaccinate children to protect them from preventable diseases.

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The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the first case of measles in Minnesota this year in Hennepin County last week.

Measles is a contagious disease and can spread through the air. Johnson says it’s important to protect your children from this contagious disease.

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While measles was declared eliminated in the U.S in 2000, it is still commonly transmitted in many parts of the world.

If you are concerned that you may have a case of measles Johnson says to contact your health care provider.

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There have been 129 cases and 13 outbreaks reported nationally in the first four months of 2014. That is the highest number for that period in the past 18 years.

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