Measles is spreading around the United States. Dr. Jeremy Crisp, family practice physician with Lexington Family Practice Northeast, was a guest on WIS-TV this week to talk about the respiratory virus, the vaccine and treatment. The facts and calm fears. He answered a lot of questions during a live web chat and in this interview with news anchor Judi Gatson.
A few notes from Dr. Crisp:
~The measles is a very contagious respiratory infection. It is spread through respiratory drops (from a cough or a sneeze). One statistician calculated that a person with the measles could infect up to 15 people if they were not immune.
~The measles vaccine is safe. None of us likes to see our children get shots, but it’s the best way to prevent the measles and the vaccine is very effective. There’s a possibility of redness at the injection site or a low fever, but that’s it.
~The measles starts with symptoms similar to a cold. But the distinctive rash and a high fever will help doctors determine the diagnosis.
~The measles is still a problem worldwide. Many countries have outbreaks right now. Experts think the outbreak in California started from someone traveling from overseas.
~The first measles shot provides 95% of people with immunity. One booster is recommended. If you have questions about your immunity, talk to your doctor. A blood test can tell if you’re immune to measles.