Measles is a highly contagious disease that can result in serious complications. 1 in 4 people who contract measles will end up in the hospital. The best way to prevent contracting measles is by getting vaccinated.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed there have been over 700 individual cases of measles diagnosed across 22 states in the U.S. since the first of the year as of May, 2019. World Health Organization (WHO) also tracks the number of measles cases per country. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994, and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.
Signs and symptoms of measles
- Runny nose
- High fever (may be greater than 104)
- Red, watery eyes, or conjunctivitis
- Red rash with raised bumps that starts at the hairline and moves to the arms and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin
How is measles transmitted?
- Measles is airborne and can remain in a room for 2 hours after the infected person has left
- The infectious period is from 4 days before to 4 days after rash onset
- You have a 90% chance of contracting measles if someone with active measles simply walks through the same room as someone who is not vaccinated
How can you prevent measles?
- 2 doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is 97% effective
How to find out your immunization status?
- Students can check with Wellness Services
- Ask you doctor's office or public health clinic
- Check Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR)
- Check to see if the state you were vaccinated in has an on-line registry
- Get another MMR vaccine, there is no harm in being vaccinated again
Where to get a MMR vaccine?
- Students should contact Wellness Services
- Call to make an appointment at your doctor's office
- Make an appointment at your local Health Department
- Request a vaccine at your pharmacy