As the world waits for a vaccine for COVID-19, Minnesota health officials are urging Minnesotans to not lose focus on preventing other viruses that can have a deadly impact as well.

“We want to make sure we’re taking advantage of every tool we have to prevent other infectious diseases.”

Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Coordinator Kris Ehresmann says a prime concern is a dip in vaccination levels for measles.

If introduced measles can take off any time we have low vaccination rates.

Ehresmann stressed to parents, even with concerns around COVID-19, it is still safe to visit your doctor and have a conversation about your children’s vaccinations.