What You Need to Know About Measles | McFarland Clinic

Measles is a severe viral illness that in
the past has affected children but also can affect adults that are not completely immunized. The symptoms of measles are high fever, rash,
coryza–which is characterized by severe runny nose and runny eyes–they can get a cough,
and in some cases get a condition called Koplik spots–which are white spots on the inside
of the mouth. This disease can be very serious. If a thousand people get measles, one to three
will die from it. There are also complications with pneumonia. There are also other complications of dehydration. There’s a severe complication where they can
get encephalitis, where they get brain inflammation directly from measles. There’s nothing we can do to treat measles. Once it hits, you’ve got it. It’s also highly contagious. If someone with measles walks through a room
and there’s someone in that room that is not immunized against measles, they will get it
guaranteed. There even have been reports of people being
in bathrooms with measles and someone who’s not immunized against measles coming into
the bathroom a couple hours later and getting measles. It is the single most highly contagious disease
that we deal with. The reason why, partially, this disease is
so contagious is that you can be without symptoms for two to three days and still spread the
disease. In other words before you even know you have
measles, you’re spreading it. The bottom line is, make sure you’re vaccinated,
make sure your child is vaccinated. If you’re an adult and not sure of your vaccine
status, check with your primary care doctor and they should be able to tell you. Even if you decide to get another vaccine
and you’ve been vaccinated before, it will do you no harm. But mostly get your child vaccinated. Vaccinate your child for their health, for
the health of the community, the health of your neighbor, and the health of the world.

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