At least 10 states are reporting cases measles across the nation. Amid measles outbreak, clinics scramble to keep up with vaccine demand.
A telltale rash is the hallmark of the disease. Symptoms include fever, cough and runny nose. It’s a very contagious disease that spreads through the air whenever someone who is infected coughs or sneezes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, from January 1 to 31, 79 individual cases of measles were been confirmed in 10 states. The states which reported cases are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Doctors say vaccinations shouldn’t scare you but, the return of measles should.
Measles can be a serious disease. It can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis and death. A study in 1998 suggested the MMR vaccine could cause autism. It was later discredited and retracted in 2010. But, that article caused a lot of fears.
When it comes to combating preventative diseases, the Center for Disease Control says there are no alternatives to vaccination and the risks of a bad reaction are almost non-existent.
The measles virus can survive for up to two hours in a room where an infected person has sneezed.