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A health group will offer free measles vaccines in Lakewood on Thursday to help the disorder result in four cases.

Ocean Health Initiatives Inc. will host what it calls an immunization event at the Lakewood Health Center from 8 am to 4:30 pm, offering to vaccinate everyone except pregnant women who have not been immunized during childhood.

Address is 101 cents appointment is not necessary.

Meanwhile one of Lakewood's largest health providers continues to offer vaccines to residents without the need for a meeting. The working hours are between 10: 00-16: 00. Wednesday and Thursday at the CHEMED Health Center, 1771 Madison Ave. People should bring their health insurance cards to previous vaccination information if available.

The New Jersey Health Department identified four cases of measles in Ocean County in an outbreak that began in late October, prompting it to warn residents to be vigilant.

The disease is highly contagious because it can be spread by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include rash that appears as flat, red; high temperature; Cough and snot. It can also lead to complications such as pneumonia, inflammation, or swelling of the brain. See the video above for more information.

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Two doses of measles vaccine, however, are considered to be 97 percent effective in preventing the disease, Dr. Christina Tan, a state epidemiologist, said.

The US Centers for Disease Control recommend two doses of measles / mumps / rubella vaccine. The first dose is at 12 months to 15 months. The second dose is age 4 years to 6 years.

Children can get the second dose earlier as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose, said the State Health Ministry.

Teenagers and adults can get the vaccine if they are not vaccinated in childhood, health officials said. OHI offers the vaccine Thursday to every person except pregnant women.

The Health Department said people in Lakewood contracted the disease after being exposed to someone who purchased measles while traveling internationally.

This would mean that others were exposed between October 13 and October 31 if they visited: Shul Satmar, 405 Forest Forest; Eat Pita, 116 Clifton Ave .; CHEMED HEALTH CENTER, 1771 Madison Ave.; NPGS Grocery, Main Street 231; And Pizza Plus, 241 4 cents Lakewood.

Ocean Health Initiatives said anyone who has been exposed or has symptoms should mention it when booking an appointment with their suppliers to ensure they can take appropriate care.

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