Measles, once eradicated in the USA, is making a come back. And this is BAD news for anyone who has NOT been immunized against the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 600 people have already contracted measles, with Florida one of the main states affected. This is significant, considering in 2016 there were less than 100 cases.
Figure 1: The number of measles cases is on the rise. Source: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Just recently, the Sun Sentinel reported about the huge increase in measles cases. Read that story here.
Why is the number of measles cases increasing?
How is it possible that a disease, once eradicated in the USA, is making such a come back? Well, the answer is simple: A lack of immunizations. If your child has not been vaccinated, then you are putting them at risk from contracting measles. An additional cause is the increase in international travel, which can lead to measles being contracted in other countries, then brought back to the USA. Taken together, these two factors have contributed to a surge in reported cases of measles in Florida, as well as other states.
What are the symptoms of measles?
Not sure if your child has measles? Be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
- A red skin rash
- White spots inside the mouth
- Dry cough, runny eyes, and sore throat
In order to make an accurate diagnosis, it is recommended that you consult a doctor or medical professional.
How can I protect my family from contracting measles?
One word: Immunization. According to the CDC, children can be vaccinated from 6 months. However, don’t worry if your child missed this - it’s not too late. Children, teenagers, and even adults, can still be immunized. Urgent Care of the Beaches offers onsite vaccinations for infants, children, teenagers, and adults at its 3 convenient locations:
- Urgent Care Center in Palm Springs
- Urgent Care Center in West Palm Beach
- Urgent Care Center in Palm Beach Gardens
Do you have further questions about measles? Or would you like to take action to protect your family? Contact Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches to schedule your immunization today.