By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Today’s news bring more states on alert for measles outbreak from the young Italian woman who traveled on a plane on April 12 and developed a rash in Rhode Island.
Measles is a virus that is highly contagious and starts out with cold symptoms and then a high fever and finally the red dots that most people are familiar with. It can be dangerous for young children and those who weak immune symptoms. It can cause pneumonia or inflammation of the brain.
The people that are not vaccinated are most at risk. Many are fearful of their children developing autism. Many were developing autism symptoms at the time of the vaccination. Researchers have not been able to prove this link and recommend everyone get the measles vaccine. Those who are pregnant, or with compromised immune symptoms are not able to get the vaccine.
Remember if you think you may have the measles contact your doctor or emergency center before going in to prevent this disease from spreading. If you are a healthcare worker always wash hands thoroughly enough to sing happy birthday and wear protective medical uniforms.