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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
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
Respiratory route: Measles is thought to spread via the respiratory route -- so inhalation of respiratory droplets from an infected person can lead to infection. It is an extremely contagious disease, as an infected person may spread the virus up to 7 days prior to the onset of symptoms and 3-4 days following the onset of symptoms. You can prevent yourself from infection with the MMR (mumps measles rubella) vaccine. ...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
Seek immunization: You are having a chance to see, first hand, the results that individuals pay for the anti-immunization fraud. If your brother dies or suffers brain damage, he has my sympathy. The immunization is 90% effective, and we depend on others to keep the community herd immunity up. If you've not been immunized, phone your physician and insist that you get the injections now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vulnerable groups: Recent cases in Houston and Ohio have been traced to cases brought in by international travelers. Unvaccinated infants and some that had only one dose are most vulnerable to the disease, which can produce death or disability. The surge in vaccine deniers makes the possibility of community outbreaks more likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Viral illness: Measles (rubeola) is formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic red rash. (cough, coryza and conjunctivitis). Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The MMR vaccine prevents measles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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