One case of measles has been confirmed in Galveston County, according to health officials. The patient is a boy, ages 1-2 years old.

Galveston County, Texas David Benbennick
Galveston County, Texas
David Benbennick

“We have one positive case in Galveston County, and we are aware of a small cluster of cases in the region. Residents should be aware and know what symptoms to look for,” said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority.

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“Immediately contact your doctor if you have been exposed to someone who has measles or if you think you may have measles,” Keiser said. “Let them know your symptoms and they can decide the best course of action. Your best protection is the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. It provides long-lasting protection. Children need two doses for the best protection.”

The first dose can be given at 12-15 months of age and the second at 4-6 years.  The measles vaccine is highly effective.  One dose of the measles vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus while two doses are 97 percent effective.