Vaccinations Are Best Way to Fight Measles, FDOH Says

measles shotThe Florida Department of Health (FDOH) this month confirmed four cases of the measles, in Indian River and St. Lucie counties, and once again reminded residents of the importance of getting measles vaccinations.

“Vaccination continues to be the best prevention against measles,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Vaccination remains so important for children, adults and families across our state to protect themselves and their communities from this serious and preventable infection.”

So contagious that if one person has the measles, 9 of the 10 people around him or her will also get it if they haven’t been immunized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says the disease spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It also can cause serious health complications, especially in children under five, according to the CDC.

Some of the most common measles symptoms are fever, rash, runny nose and red eyes and they typically begin showing up seven to 14 days after being exposed to the disease, the FDOH says. If families notice the symptoms, they should contact their health care providers.

For more measles information, visit the FDOH website.