With over 880 measles cases reported (the most cases reported within an entire year in the last 25 years), it is safe to say that the measles outbreak in the U.S. is at an emergent level. Measles is extremely contagious and therefore is expected to continue to spread rapidly. It is important to note that the measles can be life-threatening, both at the time of getting the infection as well as years later when a fatal neurological manifestation of the original infection can show up. Since measles is a virus, it cannot be treated. It can only be prevented with the MMR vaccine.
The MMR vaccine is a vaccine that fights against measles, mumps, and rubella. It is given at 12 months of age and 5 years of age. In this current crisis, the CDC also recommends that children 6-11 months who will travel to high-risk regions and internationally be vaccinated early (repeated at 12 months). If your child has not received this routine vaccine and is of age, please call us and we will get him/her in immediately for a checkup. If he/she is up to date on checkups but is missing the vaccine due to opting for a slower schedule, please bring them immediately for a nurse shot visit.
Carithers Pediatrics requires patients to get vaccinated so that not only is your child protected, but other susceptible children, such as babies who are not old enough to be vaccinated, immunodeficient patients, and cancer patients, are also protected from exposure. Please join with us in making sure your child is up to date and encouraging your family and friends to do the same.
If you should have any questions, please call our office at 904-387-6200.
A great website resource about the safety of vaccines is: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center