In response to the recently identified measles case in Soldotna, officials from Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services will have a vaccine clinic set up at the Kenai Public Health Center this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Public Health Nurse Amanda McKinley said that the clinic is open to everyone, adults and children, and the measles vaccinations will be administered at no cost to anyone who has not been immunized to the disease. Vaccinations will be first come, first served, and anyone who attends the clinic but does not receive a vaccination will have the opportunity to schedule a follow-up appointment with Kenai Public Health. Anyone interested is encouraged to bring their immunization records and to call ahead if they are already experiencing symptoms, which include high fever, runny nose, sore throat, watery eyes and a rash on the head and face.
Call 907-395-7976 or 907-395-7969 for more information about the clinic, and visit the DHSS epidemiology webpage at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/measles/default.aspx for more information about the measles virus.