GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Nearby cases of measles have been causing concern for many Texoma parents.
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There have been seven confirmed cases of measles in Texas, and none in Oklahoma this year, and no cases confirmed in Texoma.
Doctors say vaccination is key to making sure it stays that way.
The closest confirmed measles case this year is in Denton County.
Measels is a rare viral infection that can lead to serious complications.
"It generally starts with upper respiratory cough, runny nose, red eyes, fever followed with red rash around scalp," said Dr. Jeannine Hatt.
Hatt is a pediatrician at Texoma Care Pediatrics. She said the confirmed cases in the Dallas area have caused many parents to want to vaccinate their kids earlier than they are supposed to.
"First dose should be given between 12-15 months with a booster at four to six years," Hatt said.
Hatt said there haven't been any confirmed cases this year in Grayson County.
"The last case of measles in Grayson County was in 1980s, we're thankful for the vaccine."
She says vaccines are vital, especially for mothers like Durant mom Angie Sullivan.
Her 3-year-old daughter Blair Sullivan had a heart transplant and isn't able to receive a vaccine.
"Since she has no immune system she can't get a live vaccine," Sullivan said.
Sullivan said it's scary hearing about the measles outbreak and warns other parents to take precautions.
"It's been a worry in the back of my mind. There's not an option. If she got measles, it could be deadly easily," she said.
Hatt said if parents have questions, they should call their physician.
The Grayson County Health Department said physicians order blood tests for any suspected case of measles.
it can take several days to get those test results back.