Have you had Your MMR, Measles Mumps Rubella, Vaccine
Have you had Your MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) Vaccine?
Measles also known rubeola is a viral illness which is found in the lungs and pharynx (back of throat). This is an illness that was common in the United States until around year 2000 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared this viral illness “eliminated” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). Unfortunately, there has been a recent spike of reported cases in the United States causing severe illness and death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) there have been 18 states that have reported measles cases and outbreaks since reporting for this year began on January 1, 2014. The total number of cases is 288 with 15 reported outbreaks. States that have been identified with cases and outbreaks include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington. This total continues to climb each day. Please note the states surrounding us here in Kentucky!!
What is causing these outbreaks, you ask? There are two factors that have led to the increased measles viral emergence here in the United States. The first factor: refusal of the vaccine against Measles, Mumps and Rubella and second: travelers coming or returning to United States who are carrying the disease with them and infecting those who are not vaccinated (CDC, 2014). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) the Philippines is currently experiencing an incredibly large outbreak with more than 26,000 cases reported. Many people in other countries outside of the United States are not fortunate to have the vaccination protection as we do in the United States. Sadly, people in other less fortunate countries have no assistance to aid with the outbreaks nor avert the highly preventable, highly contagious (to those who remain unvaccinated) viral illness.
What we can do as healthy citizens to protect ourselves and others who are unable to be vaccinated with the Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine, due to other health conditions, is to vaccinate ourselves and our children. The current recommendations for vaccination schedules can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2014) website or by clicking on the following links:
The ages are displayed across the top for both children and adults and on the left side of the page is the listed vaccination. The first hyperlink is for children ages birth through age 6 years (2 pages included). The second link is for pre-teen and teens and the third link is for adults.
Don’t become a statistic; take steps to protect yourself and your family against measles and other preventable illnesses. There is only one you and we want you to stay healthy.
The Baptist Express Care Team