The Measles Outbreak and What We Can Do to Protect Our Kids

young child getting a vaccination from a pediatric doctorFor the first time in decades, the United States is experiencing all-time high rates of measle cases throughout the nation. Measles, which had once been eradicated, has returned as the anti-vaxxer movement advances across the nation. This movement is founded by unsupported claims that vaccines can cause autism. However, even if this were true, it’s not worth risking our children’s lives against deadly diseases like measles.

There are many things we can do to protect ourselves and our children during this epidemic.

#1: Stay On Top of Vaccinations

With the hustle and bustle of life, it can be hard to stay on top of all of our medical needs, including vaccines. However, it is especially important to maintain our children’s vaccines. As adults, we’ve probably already received many of the vaccines we needed as babies and young children, and it’s important we do the same for our children. This is the childhood vaccination schedule available from the CDC. We recommend checking it out to ensure you stay on top of it all.

#2: Know the Symptoms

Symptoms for some of these diseases may be noticeable, such as rashes and sores on a child’s body. Knowing the symptoms can help you a) catch the disease early on should your child contract it despite being vaccinated and b) avoid it in public, which has become an issue over the past couple of years. Knowing the symptoms of the disease can be incredibly helpful.

#3: Get the Second Dose

Like we mentioned above, most adults received many of the vaccines they need as babies and young children. However, the recommended doses may have changed since then. For example, before 1989, only one dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was recommended. Today, it’s two. If you were born before 1989, it may be a good idea to get revaccinated for MMR.

#4: Be Aware

Be aware of what’s going on in the country and your community. If there’s an outbreak, take the necessary precautions. If you’re sending your child to school, ensure that the school requires other students to have the necessary vaccines. Taking these crucial steps and being aware of what’s going in the world can help you have the tools necessary to protect your child from outbreaks like the current measles outbreak the United States is facing.

Contact the Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians in El Paso

As a doctor’s association, we have numerous hardworking doctors who specialize in pediatrics. If you’re in need of a pediatric doctor for your child, so they can get updated on their vaccines, we can help. Check our site today for more information.

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