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www.wmfd.com - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "more measles cases have been reported in the United States in the first two months of 2014 than during the same months each year since measles was eliminated in 2000." }}" />

   
 
 
What You Can Do To Prevent Yourself From The Measles

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/5/2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "more measles cases have been reported in the United States in the first two months of 2014 than during the same months each year since measles was eliminated in 2000." The disease is popping up across the country, mostly in New York City and California. But that doesn't mean it's restricted to those areas. Authorities say the main cause is travel and people not taking precautions. Here's Carl Azuz with today's Health Minute. Like other viruses, measles can spread through the air. So anyone who has it and sneezes, or coughs, can pass it on. It's so contagious that those who are not immune and are exposed will more than likely develop a case, quickly. So what should we know about measles? Here are a few answers courtesy of the CDC. How to prevent measles? Get vaccinated. Adults who can't remember if they were vaccinated as a child should be vaccinated again. Infants six months through 11 months-old should have one dose of measles vaccine. Little ones in the U.S. usually receive a measles vaccine at 12-to-15months of age. Infants who were vaccinated before 12 months should be revaccinated around their first birthday with two doses, at least 28 days apart. How can you tell if you have measles? Look for a rash that usually begins on the trunk and spreads all over your body. A good case of measles include fever, runny nose, cough and watery eyes. Measles can cause serious illness, even death. I do a lot of traveling, should I be cautious? Yes. If you travel, definitely make sure you are vaccinated. Measles is still a common disease in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific region. According to the CDC, so far this year, there have been more U.S. travelers returning from the Philippines with measles than any other destination. So be cautious and reduce the changes of bringing an unwanted bug back to the U.S.

   
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