KDHE: The measles outbreak is over

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Kansas' largest measles outbreak in nearly 30 years is officially over.

In all, twenty-two people across Johnson, Linn, and Miami counties came down with the measles over a two-month span earlier this year.

“We are happy and relieved that this outbreak has concluded,” said KDHE State Epidemiologist Dr. Farah Ahmed. "Most people followed instructions, and we were able to contain the outbreak without major health complications."

Having started in a daycare, this latest outbreak posed extra challenges for state and local health officials. Ahmed explained many children there were too young to be vaccinated, making it harder to track people who were infected.

KDHE reminds everyone that the best way to prevent measles is by getting vaccinated. They also provide vaccines at no-cost to children whose family cannot afford to pay through its Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. For a child to be eligible they need to be younger than 19 and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Medicaid-eligible
  • Uninsured;
  • Underinsured, i.e. has insurance that does not cover vaccines, does not cover a particular vaccine, or has a dollar cap on vaccines and the cap has been reached, or;
  • American Indian or Alaska Native

      A list of available Kansas VFC providers here.

      Uninsured adults may find help getting vaccinated at Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Centers and at some local health departments. The HealthMap Vaccines Finder will help finding locations that provide vaccines.