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How To Avoid Measles
Many issues: Were you vaccinated as a kid ? Is this real measles or one of the copycat viruses? If real and you were vaccinated, you don't have much to worry about.If unvaccinated and exposed the vaccine may help protect you if given within 72 hrs of exposure.There is also an Immune Globulin available is some high risk cases. ...Read more
The measles virus: This is one of many viral diseases that caused epidemics around the world and killed a significant percentage of its victims. It has been credited with decimating the native american population in the US after arriving with the Spanish. After the measles vaccine was developed, the frequency declined. It is still deadly and still occurring in the US, more now that some refuse vaccines. ...Read more
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Single viral strain: Measles is caused by a virus with only 1 known strain & humans as the only known source. Infection is passed by contact with infected fluid on surfaces or in the air from a sneeze or cough. Immunization has reduced the case numbers when used, but is not 100% efective after 1 dose. Ease of international travel & transmission during incubation results in clusters of new cases every year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Measles: Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases in humans. Initial symptoms include fever, cough, runny, and conjunctivitis. After 2-4 days, a characteristic erythematous maculopapular rash develops. Symptoms resolve in most cases. Fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Fortunately, the measles vaccine can prevent both. ...Read more
Treat symptoms: Measles is caused by a virus. There is no specific medication for measles. Most children with measles are miserable. Fever & pain control with Acetaminophen are typical. Dehydration is a common complication which needs to be treated. Measles is highly contagious you will want to keep your sick child away from others. Prevention with vaccine is recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tender loving care: There is no cure for measles [virus is too smart for us]. Do things to make yourself feel better while you wait for your body to kick out the virus. Take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for fever or muscle aches. No aspirin! call your doc [especially for babies]. Watch out for: ear pain, croup, diarrhea, severe cough/shortness of breath [pneumonia], lethargy/confusion [big deal brain infection]. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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