Measles Treatment at Urgent Care Narberth, PA
California Measles Outbreak Stirs Vaccination Debate
In 2015 in response to a potential measles outbreak, the Pennsylvania Department of Health warned the public after two cases of exposure had been reported to local health officials. One report came from a CVS Pharmacy while another at the Please Touch Museum located in Fairmount Park at 4231 Avenue of the Republic, in Philadelphia. This potential exposure occurred after a confirmed outbreak of measles happened in late 2014 and early 2015 in California. In that occurrence, 42 people were infected.
In this area, health officials determined the two possible infections were false alarms. While the patients showed possible symptoms of measles, follow up tests conducted on the patients returned a negative result for measles.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health took the step of informing the public out of an ambulance of caution after one person was quarantined. Doctors at the time said the patient was showing symptoms of Measles. These symptoms include fever, dry cough, skin rash with reddish blotches, tiny white spots inside the mouth and so on. Fortunately, thorough follow up blood tests showed there were no traces of the highly contagious disease.
The Health Secretary of Pennsylvania believed at the time a public warning was needed. The Health Department found that the quarantined patient had visited the Please Touch Museum. With the danger of a possible spread of the infection among children present on that day, a public notification was made to protect the health of the community.
If exposed and infected by this highly contagious disease, there is a very short window of time for the patient to get a measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. AFC Urgent Care Narberth offers the MMR vaccine and many other vaccines for preventable diseases. Our walk-in urgent care center can perform a blood titer test to determine one’s immunity levels with no appointment required.
The California outbreak and concern here in Pennsylvania has increased worries that a movement against childhood vaccinations has created a rapid increase of Measles outbreaks. This disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. This anti-vaccination movement is championed largely by parents. Unfortunately, they believe in discredited research linking vaccines to autism, or believe that the risks of some vaccines, including the measles inoculations, outweigh any potential benefit.
Measles is a very serious, highly contagious viral infection that can spread through the air via coughing or sneezing. Symptoms generally start one to three weeks after infection. Patients usually experience rash, fever, respiratory problems, itchy or watery eyes, among other symptoms.
This potentially deadly disease can be prevented by vaccination and standard hygiene practices. Hand washing and sneezing or coughing into a handkerchief is always recommended to prevent the spread of most diseases.
If you would like more information about measles and the MMR vaccine, visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov.
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