Measles Outbreak ContinuesJune 18, 2019
Measles Outbreak Continues
In the last few months, there has been a measles outbreak. The news is reporting that there are 22 more cases now. The measles epidemic stems from a larger movement to not vaccinate children and a move toward natural medicine. What does this mean for our nation as a whole? Continue reading to find out how some health decisions impact us as a whole.
What is Measles?
Measles is a virus that primarily affects children. Worldwide over 100,000 children will have died from this virus. The vaccine for measles is widely available in the United States. About 60 cases are usually reported during the year, with a large portion affecting infants. Between 1 -2 weeks, no symptoms will occur. Symptoms of measles include a large rash, sore throat, cough, dry eyes, pink eye, and white spots found inside the mouth. If any of these symptoms are sounding familiar, please seek immediate medical attention.
What Happens if Measles is Spread?
The spreading of measles will not affect any parts of the population that have been vaccinated against it. It, however, affects anyone unvaccinated by choice, their parental choice, or babies who are too young to receive the vaccine. Unfortunately, in the case of babies, these are victims of a disease that could have been prevented. Modern medicine ensures that the safety of the population and communities is at the forefront of concern. Simply put, not getting the recommended vaccinations puts the individual and others at risk.
Why Should We Vaccinate?
Vaccination has been proven to eradicate diseases. We have written a post on Jonas Salk inventing the vaccine for polio. Through his work, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He saved the lives of countless people through his research.
As a healthcare-marketed company, we have taken the strong position that vaccinations are incredibly vital to the health of our communities. Do you know someone who has had to battle the measles? Are there any vaccines that you are looking forward to being developed in the future? Are there any cures that you would like to talk about? Comment below!