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What you need to know about Measles...

Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. Measles is a disease of humans; measles virus is not spread by any other animal species. Before the introduction of measles vaccine in 1963 and widespread vaccination, major worldwide epidemics occurred approximately every 2–3 years and measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.  Worldwide, approximately  110,000 people died from measles in 2017 – mostly children under the age of 5 years, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.  There is NO correlation of autism with the MMR vaccine.  People seem to forget that the disease was basically non-existant in America over the last few decades because of herd-immunity.  The California Disney Land outbreak was the "eye-opener" for most people.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, the measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

There are current outbreaks and exposures in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington state this year alone.  There are at least 228 confirmed cases of measles in the United States in 2019 already.

No specific antiviral treatment exists for measles virus. There is no multivitamin, elixir, oil, nor antibiotic (antibiotics work for bacterial infections, not viruses) etc that will treat measles.  The vaccine is the preventative measure you can take to protect yourself and your family.

What is also forgotten, in the United States -- about 1 person in 1,000 will get hospitalized with encephalitis or another serious complication and another 1 to 2 will die.  Complications in general for measles are greatest in children less than 5 years old and others over 20 years old.  

Make sure your family is vaccinated!

Dr. Jay Weinberg

 

By: 
Jay Weinberg, M.D.
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