Polk County Health Dept. and Blue Ridge Health can help protect you and your family with vaccinations against measles and more

The Polk County Health Dept. and Blue Ridge Health in Polk County are working together to help protect you and your family from measles and other illnesses by offering vaccinations at 161 Walker St. in Columbus.

When a disease like measles is rare in the United States, it can be easy to forget how severe complications from the illness can be until there is an outbreak. But about one in five people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized and out of 1,000 people with measles, one to three will die, even with the best care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vaccination is the best protection. Make sure that your family is up to date on all vaccinations, including MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Polk County Health Department and Blue Ridge Health in Polk offer vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 161 Walker Street in Columbus. Appointments also can be set up by calling (828) 894-2222.