Measles In The United States
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measles has been eliminated from the United States as of the year 2000. With vaccinations, the disease is able to be kept at bay. Unfortunately, not everyone is strict about getting vaccinated and although there isn’t a epidemic present with this disease, doesn’t mean that you are immune from contracting it.
Every year, unvaccinated people choose to travel to other countries where the measles is still an ongoing issue. Some outbreaks may occur as a result of unvaccinated visitors coming into the United States. From January 1, 2015 to January 2, 2016, 189 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.
Here are the symptoms of measles to watch out for:
- Runny nose
- Red eyes
- Sore throat
- Rash spreading over body
Along with the symptoms, it is possible to experience complications such as pneumonia, ear infections and/or diarrhea.
Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing, so be courteous and cautious. Always cover your cough or sneeze with your arm. The best prevention, of course, would be to get vaccinated so that you can protect yourself from the disease! The vaccine is called Measles, Mumps, and Rubella or “MMR” and must be given in two different doses.
If you are in need of the MMR vaccine, please check with your local First Med Urgent Care.
First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention.