I got one of those health alert emails from one of the schools I teach at informing me of a measles outbreak!
What is Measles?
Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person. Measles is contagious from approximately 4 days before the rash appears through 4 days after the rash appears. Measles is a rare disease in the United States and in regions of the world where vaccination coverage is high. Maintaining high vaccination rates is vital to preventing outbreaks of disease in our community. (CDC website)
How can it be prevented?
Most people have received the “MMR” vaccine when they were kids. The MMR series of shots prevent measles, mumps and rubella. See the links below to find out more about the vaccine and the other diseases.