The New York Times reported yesterday that there were 41 new cases of the Measles last week in the United States. That means that this year the outbreak has stretched to 981 cases. According to the Times, that means this is the worst outbreak since 1992. The outbreak has now spread to 26 states across the country.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), measles had been declared to be eliminated in the United States in 2000. The spike this year is much larger than the total number of cases in 2018 which was 372.
So why is there such an outbreak happening? There are a couple of factors. The first is that there is about 10% of the population of children 19-35 months that are not vaccinated for the measles. The second is that the measles are actually common around the world and foreign travelers often bring them into the country and expose the unvaccinated population.
What Are The Measles?
So what are the measles? According to the Mayo Clinic, measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes, skin rash that has large flat blotches. If you see any of these signs you should see a doctor immediately.
As stated earlier, the United States declared the measles to be eliminated from the country. This was because of the vast vaccination rate in the country. However, not everyone gets vaccinated.
Vaccination is the number one way to prevent the virus from spreading. The infection is highly contagious so it is important to have the vaccine for your health and the health of others around you.
Vaccines are covered by many insurance plans. However, if you do not have insurance or if your insurance does not cover prescription medications, you can use a prescription discount card to help lower the cost of vaccination. You can also visit NeedyMeds to see if any patient assistance programs are available.?
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