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The Measles Outbreak

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.

From Chills to Fever, the FLU is Here!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling this year’s flu season an epidemic. Below is a report from WIS-TV this week with the latest information. LMC ER doctor Joseph Burkett was a guest to talk about what he’s seeing with the flu this year – and how you can still protect yourself and your family. Dr. Burkett is no stranger to the flu himself – he’s just getting over having it recently.

Flu Near You is a cool website that helps track flu cases in your area and also provides information from experts on the prevalence of the virus this year. You can join to add your symptoms and experience.

Help Us Reach 100,000 Views!

Have you seen our 2014 Christmas commercial yet? From thoughts about parenthood to the Christmas season, the commercial focuses on the importance of family – all from a baby’s perspective. We’re hoping to share this uplifting message of hope, health and joy with as many people as possible during the holidays. Our goal is 100,000 views. Please help us by watching the commercial below and sharing this post with your family and friends.

 
This year’s commercial was filmed on the hospital campus. The 60-second spot features LMC staff members including doctors and nurses, and a cast of babies who were all born at the hospital. Children of LMC employees have speaking roles as the voices of the babies.

The commercial also highlights the exceptional maternity services at the hospital. Lexington Medical Center delivers more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands, and has been voted “Best Place to Have A Baby” by readers of Midlands news publications.

From our Lexington Medical Center family to yours, Merry Christmas.