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Measles is making a comeback

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Posted on February 25th, 2019 by Teri Dreher, under Infections, Medical Planning, Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools

And we don’t like it one bit

Measles (Rubeola) is an infectious disease located in blood cells. There have been written accounts of the disease going all the way back to the 9th century! Before the creation of the Measles Vaccine, the disease was rampant in America. The Center for Disease Control and National Vaccine Information Center report that in 1960, the entire birth cohort was likely infected, although there were only 400,000 reported cases and 380 official Measles related deaths (CDC, NVIC). The vaccine was developed in 1963 and there was an immediate effect. The number of cases dropped drastically, and by the year 2000 Measles was officially declared as eliminated in the United States.

Fast forward 19 years to today, and Measles is making a comeback (albeit quite unfashionable). Illinois is not exempt from the 159 cases already reported this year.

**Taken from the CDC

Since some people are refraining from getting vaccinated it can’t be that bad, right?

Wrong. Measles is bad. Early symptoms include fever, red eyes, a runny nose, and cough. A few days after symptoms start a red rash forms around your hairline and gradually spreads throughout your body. From there, white spots develop inside the mouth. The real danger comes when complications with Measles lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia or brain swelling. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, Measles is spread through the air and is highly contagious. Hands down, the most effective way of preventing Measles is to get vaccinated, plain and simple. For more information about the vaccine, click here.

What it all comes back to

The Measles comeback we’re seeing now is largely due to international travel without vaccination. Because the disease is so infectious, it can easily be transmitted through travelers. While there’s been abundant debate around the science of vaccination, we’re not here to get into that matter. As professional patient advocates, we’re here to promote patient education and empowerment. If you have any doubts about getting vaccinated, do some research. Check the credibility of your sources. Ask health professionals who you know and trust. Make your own decisions but know that when you do, that you’re coming from a place of education and empowerment.

With over 36 years of clinical experience in Critical Care nursing, home based health care and expertise as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, Teri is well acquainted with the complexities of the modern healthcare system. She has served as a nursing leader, mentor, educator, and consistent patient advocate throughout her career in some of the best hospitals across the country. Her passion to keep the patient at the center of the model of nursing care led her to incorporate NShore Patient Advocates, LLC in 2011, serving clients throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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