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Measles Cases on the Rise; Parents Should Vaccinate Children to Protect Them from This Contagious Disease
Date:9/13/2013

Dayton, OH (PRWEB) September 13, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on September 8, 2013 that this year is on track to be the worst year for measles in more than a decade, reporting 159 cases so far this year. Dayton Children’s Hospital has not seen any cases of measles, but the hospital’s infectious disease experts want to calm parent’s fears of an outbreak in the area and remind them of the importance of vaccinating their children.

“The most important thing you can do to protect kids from measles is to have them vaccinated,” says Sherman Alter, MD, medical director of infectious disease at Dayton Children’s. “Measles is a highly contagious disease and one that we can protect our children from if we follow the recommendations set-up by the CDC.”

Measles, also called rubella, is a respiratory infection that's caused by a virus. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose.

Because measles is so highly contagious — 90 percent of people who haven't been vaccinated for measles will get it if they live in the same household with an infected person. Measles is spread when someone comes in direct contact with infected droplets or when someone with the measles sneezes or coughs and spreads virus droplets through the air.

In 2000, the government declared that measles was “eliminated” from the United States. Unfortunately, there continues to be periodic outbreaks of measles. Outbreaks in both New York (a total of 58 cases of the me
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