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Minneapolis offering free measles immunizations before back to school

The shots will also help protect against mumps and rubella.

MINNEAPOLIS — The City of Minneapolis is offering free immunizations for children ahead of the new school year.

On eight dates in August and September, you can take your kids to get the "MMR" immunization, a shot that protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Immunizations will be administered at the Davis Service Center at 1250 W. Broadway Avenue on the following dates:

  • August 19, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • August 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • August 21, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • August 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • August 28, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • August 29, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You don't need insurance or an appointment. Immunizations are being provided by NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and the City of Minneapolis is covering the cost.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from Jan. 1 to Aug. 8, 2019, 1,182 individual cases of measles were confirmed in 30 states. The CDC says it's the greatest increase in reported measles cases since 1992.

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Measles can cause hearing loss, pneumonia, brain swelling, and in severe cases, death.

If you can't make it to one of the free immunization events, the City of Minneapolis recommends visiting one of the following providers, where you might qualify for free or low-cost shots:

  • Community University Health Care Center: 612-301-3433.
  • Hennepin County Public Health: 612-543-5555.
  • Indian Health Board: 612-721-9800.
  • Native American Community Clinic: 612-872-8086.
  • Neighborhood Healthsource: 612-588-9411.
  • Northpoint Health & Wellness Center: 612-543-2500.
  • People’s Center Health Services: 612-332-4973.
  • Southside Community Health Services: 612-827-7181.

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