ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than 700 cases of measles have been reported in 22 states according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Six of those are here in Georgia.
Health care professionals said its only a matter of time before the outbreak hits our region.
While there are no confirmed cases in Southwest Georgia, the Albany Area Primary Health Center wants parents to keep an eye out for symptoms in their children.
Those symptoms include coughing, high fevers, runny noses, and watery eyes.
If your child has any of these traits, the director of nursing at AAPHC said its important to call your child’s doctor first before bringing them in.
“Perhaps we would be able to know when they were coming and route them through another entrance other than the main waiting room where you would expose other people in the waiting room to a very contagious disease,” said Betsy Powell, the director of nursing.
She said the goal is to reduce the spread of the disease while also keeping parents aware.
Vaccines for measles are given through AAPHC.
Vaccine Coordinator Shirley Harpe said there is no reason that any child shouldn’t be vaccinated.
“By the time is four, they should have received two doses of the measles vaccine. As a parent you’re their first line of defense in preventing a vaccine preventable disease,” said Harpe.
The hours you can visit your Albany Primary Health Care Clinic to get your child vaccinated are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The center also has programs for those who aren't insured to receive vaccinations as well.