How to prevent measles, if your child is too young to get vaccinated

How to prevent measles, if your child is too young to get vaccinated
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - What do parents do if their children are too young to get the measles vaccine? Some parents say they feel trapped because children have to wait until they are one-year-old before they can get the measles vaccine.

Children’s of Alabama says parents need to wash their child’s hands often for at least 20 seconds and remind others in your home to do the same. Also, limit your baby’s exposure to crowds, other children and anyone with colds. And disinfect things around your home regularly. The measles virus can live for two hours in the air.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does recommend the vaccine for infants six to 11 months who may be traveling out of the country.

The Alabama Department of Public Health says it has a limited supply of the measles vaccine for adults and officials are urging those with insurance to be vaccinated at their pharmacy or heath care provider

The owner of Mills Pharmacy in Bluff Park says they haven’t had any issues getting the vaccine. So odds are, if you need to get one, you can get it there.

In light of the outbreak across the country, the pharmacy has been giving one to two measles vaccinations a day and receives a number of calls from people asking if they should get the vaccine. "Several calls both for children and adults. Some people just walk in and ask us if we have it. We have a standing order, a physician gave us a standing order for them. So no prescription is necessary for that part. We’ve been able to vaccinate them on the spot,” Tammy Petrey with Mills Pharmacy said.

The Jefferson County Health Department is offering vaccinations for adults and children who don't have a primary care doctor. You can find the locations below:

Adult Jefferson County residents that do not have a primary care provider can come to:

Adult Immunization Clinic (no appointment necessary, located in basement level of Central Health Center).

1400 Sixth Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233

(205) 930-1034

Pediatric Jefferson County residents that do not have a primary care provider can come to any of the following locations:

Central Health Center (main level) 1400 Sixth Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 (205) 933-9110

Eastern Health Center 601 West Blvd Roebuck Birmingham, AL 35206 (205) 591-5180

Western Health Center 631 Bessemer Super Hwy Midfield, AL 35228 (205) 715-6121

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