Once declared eliminated, the measles has been rapidly spreading both locally and nationally in recent months. In fact, there have been more than 900 individual cases in 26 states since the beginning of 2019. As the measles outbreak hits close to home, learn more about this contagious disease and how you can protect your family.
The measles is a potentially dangerous respiratory illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.”
In fact, if one person has the measles, as many as nine out of 10 people who have been exposed to the germs could become infected if they have not been vaccinated.
The measles is a highly contagious airborne disease. In fact, children can contract it just by being in a room where a person with the measles has previously been.
The measles can be very serious to just about anyone who catches it. However, some people are more likely to suffer from complications, including:
Those who were born before 1957 or who were already properly vaccinated are believed to be protected from contracting the measles.
As the measles outbreak continues, it’s important to take notice of signs and symptoms of the disease, including:
In addition to these symptoms, the measles can cause serious health complications, such as a brain infection. However, the measles are preventable. A simple MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine can provide protection from this contagious disease.
About one in four people who contract the measles will be hospitalized. In some cases, the disease has resulted in brain damage or even death. In other instances, people have suffered less severe complications, such as ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia and encephalitis.
The MMR vaccine helps children and adults to build an immunity against the measles virus. Two doses of it are recommended for everyone. The MMR vaccine is about 97 percent effective at preventing the measles.
As the measles outbreak continues to spread, it’s important to consult your primary care physician on the best course of action for you and your family. A trained health care professional will be able to answer your questions about measles and the vaccinations for children that are available.
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