As parents, it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with measles and how to prevent it. Measles is a highly contagious virus that can cause serious complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your family from this potentially deadly disease. The first step in preventing measles is to make sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children receive two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. The first dose should be given at 12-15 months of age and the second dose at 4-6 years of age.
It’s important to note that the MMR vaccine is not 100% effective in preventing measles, but it does significantly reduce the risk of infection.
In addition to vaccinating your children, it’s also important to practice good hygiene habits such as washing hands frequently and avoiding contact with people who may have been exposed to the virus.
If you or your child has been exposed to someone with measles, contact your doctor immediately for further instructions.
Finally, if you or your child develops any symptoms of measles such as fever, rash, cough or runny nose, seek medical attention right away. Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the severity of symptoms and prevent further spread of the virus. By following these simple steps, you can help protect your family from measles and other infectious diseases. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent illness so make sure your children are up-to-date on their shots!