3 More Cases Of Measles In Hennepin Co.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said there have been three more cases of measles since an infant came down with the illness on March 4.

The three new cases happened in children between 23 months and 4 years old. They all live in Minneapolis and the MDH said they likely became infected in the city too.

The three children became sick between March 1-9. Two of the kids were hospitalized, but all are recovering.

The MDH continues to investigate all three cases and is urging parents to get their children vaccinated if they haven’t. Click here for upcoming vaccination clinics.

“Contrary to misinformation that may still be circulating, the measles vaccine is safe and effective. Without it, the risk of disease is real. Children can die from measles,” said Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, in a press release.

Two of the children in these new cases were not vaccinated. The vaccination history of the other child isn’t known. The infant in the other case was too young to be vaccinated.

The MDH said symptoms to look out for include getting a fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, watery eyes and a rash. For more information, click here.

  • JamieinMN

    C’mon parents, enough with the hot-headedness! Stop rejecting vaccinations. They are there for a reason.

  • Momma of 2

    I truly don’t see what the big deal is with vaccinating your children people!!! I have two children and they have both been fully vaccinated, they never experienced any reactions or effects from the shots and I find comfort in knowing they are protected from the things we can help prevent them from getting!!!!

    WHY would you want to put your child at risk if you could protect them?? This world is too scary and uncertain, so why not do your part and keep them safe if possible????

    STOP being dumb and get your child(ren) vaccinated!!! It’s that simple.

    • Bobbie Waldvogel Oellrich

      The reason i don’t vacate is because i watched a 4 month old baby die right before my eyes. I could do any thing he was vacated 36hr before. They called it SIDS. My doctor told me that it was probably from the vaccinations. i would probably vacate if they didn’t do more than one at a time.

      • Shelley

        There is so much wrong with your comment I can’t even begin to respond.

      • Jim

        Then your doctor was an idiot.

    • Bobbie Waldvogel Oellrich

      We are not dumb we are educated. Have you ever read the warning sheet.

      • Bobbie Waldvogel Oellrich

        Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million
        • Several other severe problems have been known to
        occur after a child gets MMR vaccine. But this
        happens so rarely, experts cannot be sure whether
        they are caused by the vaccine or not. These include:
        – Deafness
        – Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered
        – Permanent brain damage

        Lets see Do I knowingly put my child at risk for these side affects or opt not to. My child more likely would not die from measles. My grand mother did not. I asked her if she could remember anybody that died from measles and she no. She does know children who have had sever reaction to vaccines.

      • Mom

        You are so educated you type vacate instead of vaccinate. What an idiot.

        Do you people that do not vaccinate your children realize that you put infants and people with suppressed immune systems at risk of serious illnesses and even death?

        If these illnesses were so innocuous and no one was dying from them or having lifelong side-effects, why did they create vaccinations for them?

        FYI – everything comes with a warning sheet these days. The risk in this case far outweighs the alternative.

      • bella

        the high fever associated with measles in infants can cause deafness, i know because I am a victim. But I was luclky.Only one ear was damaged.

      • bella

        the high fever associated with measles in infants can cause deafness. I know because I am a victim. I was lucky and just lost my hearing in one ear.

      • stace34

        You don’t just risk your childs life by not vacinating you riisk the lives on everyone your child comes in contact with. What are you going to say when as a result of not vacinating your child you cause the death of another? Cause a serious illness of another? Will you pay for their medical bills, compenasate them for a disability that is a result, compenstate the state for the investigation needed to track down everyone your child has come in contact with so they can be warned they have been exposed?

        Selfish is the word for what you are. You should be informing every parent your child comes in contact with that your child in not vacinated so they aren’t unknowingly risking their childs life because of your choice.

      • Clam

        “We are not dumb we are educated.”
        Really? Educated, but illiterate? Can’t spell?
        and from the following post –
        “…anybody that died from measles and she no.”
        so can’t speak English.
        No, you are not educated. When you finally get an education, you will realise that you are wrong. Very wrong.

  • Real Talk

    Both your comments show how little the extent of research on this subject you’ve done. There are dangers to vaccines that have been proven. Mercury and other metals are not meant to be in our bodies at ANY safe levels. I bet you are people who don’t read the back of the toothpaste and see that fluoride you think is so good for you, is telling you to call poison control if ingested. It’s a poison people. Stop being sheeple, believing everything the gov or sciences, who may have financial interests backing them, say.

    • Bobbie Waldvogel Oellrich

      thank you

    • Patriot

      The communists put fluoride in the water!!!

      • bella

        communist have rotten teeth also.

    • winoceros

      Every vaccination danger that has been scientifically proven is on the warning sheets. Ms. Bobbie, I am very sorry for your loss. However, nearly all children vaccinated do not die of vaccinations, and many more would die if they were not.

      And I love people, like Real Talk, here, who would complain if a disease or condition were not receiving funding or attention, but then would turn around and claim conflict of interest due to “financial interests”. Nobody does research for free, pal.

    • stace34

      Mercury is no longer in vacines. Perhaps since you know so much you should know all of the facts, not just the sound bites.

    • winoceros

      Sorry, many metals exist in our bodies. Calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, potassium, sodium, magnesium, and chlorine help most things function smoothly in the body. Additionally, depending on the system, you will find iron, manganese, iodine, zinc, selenium, copper, chromium, molybdenum, and even cobolt. Even trace metals will have no effect unless reaching levels toxic to certain system’s operation: lead, nickel, vanadium and silicon. Methylmercury, ingested, which is how most exposure in Minnesota is obtained, is highly toxic and damaging. Neutral mercury, in the atmosphere, is not a threat. Elemental mercury, like the silver stuff in thermometers is damaging over time and is absorbed through the skin, and can also be dangerous if accumulated in a human. Thimerisol is a compound containing elemental mercury, and has a half-life of about three weeks. It was added as a preservative that didn’t damage the vaccine itself to keep children from dying of Staph infections from the multi-dose bottles that were used over the years. Single dose injections don’t even use it, since it’s a one-use vaccine.
      Come with facts next time.

  • JoeinMN

    Jamie, We’ll vaccinate our kids when the drug companies take out all of the MERCURY from the vaccines, flu shots, etc. There’s a reason MERCURY is a lethal toxin, but it’s also the cheapest way to make vaccines stable, increase shelf life and available for distribution to clinics. There was no MERCURY in vaccines when we (the PARENTS) were vaccinated in the 60s and early 70s.

    • bella

      theres probably more mercury in your childrens toys that are imported from China.and lord knows what else.wake up. be smart.

    • logan

      mercury is not used in vaccinations. you are misinformed. since your children are not vaccinated, please keep them away from the general public. thank you.

      • winoceros

        Indeed. JoeinMN is referring to thimerisol, which is not dangerous in the quantities used, but nonetheless, anyone can receive thimerisol-free vaccinations upon request. Many children’s clinics don’t even stock the thimerisol kind.

    • Naomi

      They took the mercury out of all required children’s vaccines several years ago.

      So! You’re set! Call your doctor today and start getting your children fully vaccinated, so they’ll be protected from the very real dangers of measles, meningitis, tetanus, etc., etc., etc.

    • winoceros

      Yes, thimerisol has been in multi-dose bottles of vaccines since the late thirties. *sigh*

      • winoceros

        Sorry, this comment is for JoeinMN, to be clear.

    • Clam

      Mercury has been eliminated from vaccines since 2002. Get up-to-date with your scare stories.

  • Terry

    To late to immunize when they come down with a life threatening illness. Wake up you people, get your kids immunized.

  • logan

    to all adults – check with your doctor. i was told i needed an MMR booster. i am 45.

  • Mel

    Pretty soon the gov is going to tell us we need to get vaccinations for paper cuts, pink eye, lice and any other common childhood ailments. A mutual colleague of mine had her infant child get the scheduled vaccination round at 9 months old. The next day her baby had a neurological severe reaction and will never ba able to use his arms or legs. I put my daighter on the alternative vaccination schedule so she wasn’t getting injected with so many toxins at once. The medical community wants to add more vaccines per shot continually, and then they continue to increase the number of booster shots. So if vaccinations were so effective, why the increase in boosters? If my child gets chicken pox, she is immune for life, so I decided to opt out of that particular vaccine. As a parent, I weigh the severity of the disease against the possible severity of an adverse reaction to a vaccination. Ultimately, it is my responsibility and I don’t take that lightly. What I have found while researching vaccines is that is very hard to find unbiased information from either side. So I took the research from both sides and tried to make an informative decision. People may not agree with me, but I didn’t make this decision out of fear or ignorance.

    • winoceros

      I do not agree completely with you, but it is good to consider the following:

      combining shots to minimize innoculation visits is a cost-savings. Who thinks that allowing an un-elected, political appointee “best practices” committee as created by Obamacare would improve the decision-making involved with number of vaccines per visit?

    • winoceros

      I can understand also, your reticence to get the chicken pox innoculation, since in all our living memories we know of hundreds of children we knew personally who survive chickenpox just fine. I had it twice myself.
      Another thing to consider though, is that the innoculation not only prevents the inconvenience to the adult of a week off of work and the pain and discomfort of the child, but the very real occurrences of shingles that come from the reactivation of the same virus under periods of stress or later in old age.
      But many of these vaccines are not toxins, per se, they are just antigens or dead viruses that cause the necessary immune responses, but without causing the diseases themselves.
      And since papercuts only cause a localized bacterial infection (for which one cannot be vaccinated) and lice is just a parasite, (for which one cannot be vaccinated) I don’t think we need to worry about that.
      Lastly, boosters are needed when the immune response that “answers the call” only has a limited “memory,” so to speak. Not all of the IgA responses have a lifetime memory, though many do. Boosters all the dwindling number of leukocytes that are endowed with that resonse to “brighten up” and for the newer cells to get the message too, furthering the immunity later into life.

      Just like the tetanus booster.

      If you are looking for unbiased information, you might try reading white papers from microbiology or immunology departments from US universities. Probably the least biased, on the whole. But I appreciate the time you take to research information. And I am very sorry for your friend.

      • Mel

        Thanks for explaining the need for booster shots. That was very helpful. I will definitely look into the research as well.

  • Valerie

    My cousin died from measles 6months before vaccine came out in the 60’s. It “went to her brain” is how they described it in those days & she died in her father’s arms. Very selfish parents not to get vaccines for their kids. Not only are they at risk but the kids spread germs to other kids who might be vaccinated but they in turn bring germs home to older people & handicapped who might not be able to get vaccines because of health reasons.


    @Bobbie Waldvogel Oellich:

    Your response states that you asked your grandmother whether she had ever known anyone to have died from measles. Well, I have!! I had it and my little play friend had it. He died and I did not. Bitter feelings from his parents towards me. My cousin was in his 20’s when he contacted mumps and died, leaving 2 small girls.

    i understand your fears, having had to make vaccination decisions for my kids but…

  • winoceros

    It is not only paranoid Americans who refuse innoculations (we can bear the religious objectioners because of herd immunity), but the immigrant community. Public health workers try diligently to help them understand that not vaccinating puts not only their own children at risk, but those around them. Additionally, those populations are statistically in more crowded living arrangements, further exacerbating the spread of disease among the unvaccinated.

    The tragedy is that six-month period while you’re waiting for your infant to be old enough to be vaccinated. If most are vaccinated, it’s probably fine and you can wait it out. But if the herd immunity disappears due to too few participants, very young infants are in mortal danger from every grocery cart in Minnesota.

    People, talk to your clinicians. Get your children innoculated. For all our sakes. Please don’t let this be anyone else’s tragedy.

  • grammalaurie

    I came on this page wondering how long that measle virus lives that it can appear only 6 times in 5 years. do people have measles when they think they have a cold or something simular? Was Bobbie writting vaccinate on another autocorrect device? Did it change the spelling. I am an intellegent informed person but have trouble spelling and sometimes don’t notice that my phone has autocorrected something completley different than what I had intended. I don’t agree with her opinion on vaccinating.

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