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Is there enough measles vaccine in Tyler to protect your family?

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With nine cases of the measles popping up in the Dallas and Houston areas we thought it might be a good idea to check with the North East Texas Health District to see about their supply of measles vaccine.

There has been a steady stream of people seeking immunizations at the North East Texas Health District, but it's in preparation for school, not because of nearby measles outbreaks.

Sylvia Warren, the immunization director, says it's because people are so mobile it could travel here eventually. But if it does, they're ready.

"We have plenty of supply of measles vaccine," Sylvia said.

She says they haven't had any phone calls about measles vaccinations.

"Most people have already had their measles vaccine, kids and some adults as well," Sylvia stated.

Those born before 1957 are considered immune, but if there is an outbreak they may need a blood test to be sure of that. The other option is just getting the shot.

The immunizations are given several years apart when we are children and they are supposed to be effective for your entire lifetime.

"Right now there is the two-shot series and that's it," Sylvia added.

Nearly everyone in Texas is immunized before being allowed in school, although the State of Texas does allow non-immunized children in public schools if their parents fill out personal belief exemption paperwork.

Officials at the North East Texas Health District say there have been no reported cases of measles in our area.

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