You’ve probably heard a lot about measles on the news recently. Hearing the word “outbreak” can be scary and bring up a lot of questions. So, what do we need to know to keep our children safe and healthy?
Measles, also known as Rubeola, is more than a rash and can be serious! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports:
- 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized
- 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling due to infection (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage
- 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care
Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
From January 1 to March 28, 2019, 387 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is the best protection against measles infection. Be sure to check with your pediatrician to make sure your child is up-to-date with all immunizations.
Click HERE to check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for frequently asked questions about Measles.