By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
5 more measles cases were reported in Massachusetts today including a man in his 40’s who worked at South Station as he was contagious. The others ranged from 16 months old to 65 years of age. This brings the total to 10 in Massachusetts for this year.
People are only considered immune to measles if they have had 2 doses of measles vaccine (MMR) or have had a blood test showing that they are immune to measles. Those who do not know their immune status should try to locate their immunization records and monitor themselves for symptoms, officials said.
Measles is spread from person to person through the air. 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.
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.