As the number of measles cases in Sedgwick County continues to rise, health officials are stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

The health department opened up a hotline to help answer people's questions. If you believe you have the measles, call your doctor or call the Sedgwick County Health Department's Measles Hotline at 316-660-7424.

Several people call the hotline with questions about contracting the illness, symptoms and exposure. The health department recommend infants be vaccinated when they are one year old. Until then, some infants are slightly protected by their mother's vaccination according to the health department.

In some cases during outbreaks like this, doctors can decide to begin vaccinating infants before they're 1-year-old.

"It just needs to be a decision by their physician," Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, Interim Sedgwick County Health Department Director said.

Byrne-Lutz says it is important to know early vaccinations like that aren't as effective, and don't last.

"If they do then they still need to go ahead with the regular schedule and get it again at 12 to 15 months and then four to six years of age."

Another question revolves around pregnant mothers. Health officials say if you've already been vaccinated, your baby is safe. But, if you're pregnant you are not eligible to receive the standard MMR vaccination because of the dangers to the baby.