Measles is on everyone’s mind these days-and rightly so. Since the outbreak that originated in Disneyland this past December, there have been over 100 measles cases across the country. Of those infected, many did not receive the measles vaccine. An infected person can transmit the disease by direct contact with fluids from their mouth or nose. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, measles is spread through the air and can easily be inhaled by a nearby person. The virus is highly contagious and can remain in the air or on surfaces for up to 2 hours. One of the early indicators of measles are signs of the common cold, including runny nose, cough, red/watery eyes, and fever, and are often worse in the first 3 days of illness. These symptoms often precede the rash most commonly associated with measles.
There has a been a recent increase in the number of unvaccinated children in the United States. There is a lot of fear and misinformation that unfortunately has left many children vulnerable, including those too young to become vaccinated or those who can’t due to health conditions. The vaccine is safe and has minimal side-effects and is much safer than contracting the disease. The vaccine is administered at age 12 months and again at 4 years old. It is vital to ensure that your children receive the entire measles series. The vaccine protects against illnesses causes by measles, such as pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death. By receiving both shots, the level of protection is greater than 95%. For more in-depth information on Measles and the vaccine, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/
We are prepared to provide your child with the Measles vaccine, as well as care for all of their other health care needs. Feel free to give us a call at the Mi Salud Clinic as (602) 523-9312.