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May 1, 2019 - Attention Southwest Georgia parents!  This a critical update on the measles outbreak in Georgia.
 
The Georgia Department of Public Health have confirmed new cases of measles across the state. Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time until this measles outbreak hits Southwest Georgia.  Now is the time to prepare!  Please remain vigilant for the symptoms and make sure to follow proper steps for your child. 
 
If your child develops the following symptoms, please call your pediatrician’s office immediately:
• High fever
• Cough
• Runny nose
• Red
• Watery eyes
• Flat red spots on the skin or oral cavity
 
Please do not come straight into a pediatrician’s office if you think your child has symptoms. 
 
Call the office first, and then follow the instructions from your pediatrician.
 
Your pediatrician’s office will have proper procedures for you to follow when you come to the office, including possibly entering from a side door and directly into an exam room.   Our goal is to reduce the number of children and families who are exposed to the illness. Thank you for following this protocols and keeping other children safe from exposure!
 
To learn more about measles, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web site here: https://www.cdc.gov/features/measles/.    It features everything you need to know to protect your little ones from measles.
 
Need to schedule your child for their vaccinations?  Call your child’s pediatrician and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.  By having your child vaccinated, you can protect your child from measles and 13 other diseases. 
 
Need a local pediatrician?  Visit http://aaphc.org/services/child-adolescent-medicine/see-our-locations for a list of our offices who care for newborns to teens!
AAPHC will continue to alert you on the ongoing measles outbreak. 
 
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