“Resurgence of Measles in the US: Vaccination Urgency”

Measles outbreaks are occurring in some pockets of the US. Here’s why doctors are concerned: ABC News

The article featured in “FOX8” discusses the resurgence of measles in the United States after nearly 25 years of elimination. Since December 1, almost two dozen cases have been reported, with the first cases emerging in the northeast. Dr. Taylor Nelson from MU Health Care emphasizes the highly transmissible nature of measles, noting its spread from the Midwest to the West Coast due to high travel and a largely unvaccinated population. The decline in vaccination rates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, has contributed to the resurgence. Nelson stresses the importance of vaccination and suggests creating a vaccination plan with a trusted physician to prioritize immunizations. Measles’ initial symptoms include fatigue, runny nose, coughing, and fever, progressing to a full-body rash and potentially severe complications, including death. Since there’s no specific antiviral treatment, doctors advise letting the virus run its course if contracted.

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