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Doctors in panhandle are urging people to get measles vaccine

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Measles cases are at the highest they've been in nearly two decades.

The state of Ohio has been the center of the measles outbreak, but they are not alone. It is now spreading to other states.

Health officials are saying lack of vaccinations are to blame for the outbreak.

Registered nurse Hannah Weisgerber says that there have been no reported cases in Scotts Bluff County. She also says the best way to prevent measles is getting proper vaccinations.

“A lot of people aren’t being immunized just because they’re afraid of immunizations," says Weisgerber. "That’s really been a concern lately that immunizations are harmful and we just want to let people know that that is not true. Immunizations are your best protection against diseases and it’s really important to stay on schedule.”

Weisgerber says infants under 12 months and elders over 65 are the most vulnerable, so they should take the most precaution.
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