As the conversation continues about the importance of vaccinations, next on the list is the Measles vaccine. Read on to learn more about what Measles is, the importance of getting the vaccines, and whether it is safe to receive or not.
Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases known. Almost everyone who is susceptible that encounters the virus will get sick. Additionally, virus particles from infected people can remain in the air in a small or enclosed area for up to two hours after the infected person leaves. This can make it difficult to protect someone who is not immune to the measles virus.
What are the symptoms?
- A rash begins around the hairline and spreads to the trunk before reaching the arms and legs.
- Small white spots with bluish centers form in the mouth a day or two before the body rash develops; these spots are known as “Koplik’s spots.”
- High fever
- Conjunctivitis (“pink eye”)
Who should get the vaccine?
- Children between 12 and 15 months of age.
- A second dose should be administered between 4 and 6 years of age.
Is the measles vaccine safe?
The measles vaccine is safe. Occasional and rare side effects of the MMR vaccine include rash, fever, tenderness at the injection site, temporary inflammation of joints, or a temporary decrease in blood
The MMR vaccine does not cause autism.
Make sure to reach out to your local primary care doctor for more information.