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State advises hospitals on what to consider for measles cases
Health officials are making sure that hospital employees, volunteers and interns are vaccinated

Amish people at a local clinic getting vaccination for measles.
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The Ohio Department of Health sent out new guidelines to answer questions hospitals have about vaccinations and immunity.

Bryan Fowler, the chief of vaccines for the Health Department, says many hospital officials were unsure how to determine if someone is considered protected from measles. 


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“Almost everyone born before 1957 had measles, so we just wanted to clarify the specific situations so hospitals knew exactly where more people stood in terms of their vaccination or immune status for measles.”

As of yesterday (Monday), 348 cases of measles were reported in nine Ohio counties, the largest number in 20 years.


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