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Tift Co. School Board takes steps to try and prevent the measles

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

With the first case of measles confirmed in Georgia school systems are taking a close look at how well their students are protected.

At Tuesday's Tift County School Board Meeting officials said only 14 of the roughly 8-thousand students in the system have not received M-M-R vaccinations due to medical or religious reasons.

They're taking several steps to prevent the contagious disease from affecting their students.

" We have nurses in each one of our schools, that help with health issues on each campus and then we work really closely with our County health department with them to monitor any issues we may have if we think it's a suspected case,” said Stacey Beckham, Director of Communications.

Fifteen years ago health officials declared the measles eradicated in the U-S.

Already this year, More than 120-cases have been confirmed in nearly 20-states.

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