Measles making a comeback in the Southeast

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen “Two doses of the MMR vaccine provide up to 97 percent effectiveness to prevent measles,” Landers said. “One dose provides up to 94 percent effectiveness.”Measles is very contagious and may live up to two hours  in the air or on surfaces after an infected person cough or sneezes or touches objects, Landers said. The symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a rash of red spots. “The best protection against measles is receiving two doses of MMR vaccine,” she said. “Those who are exposed, not-up-to-date or have unknown MMR vaccine history should contact their doctor or pharmacist to get vaccinated.” You Might Like Senate passes lottery bill The Alabama Senate narrowly approved a lottery bill Thursday afternoon that would give voters a chance to decide on whether… read more Measles making a comeback in the Southeast Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 4:00 am Saturday, April 27, 2019 Next Up“Those who have had measles should have a natural immunity to the disease,” he said. “Those who have had the MMR vaccine, should check to see if they had both shots or just the one. Those who have had only one shot, might want to consider taking a booster. For those who don’t know whether they have had the MMR vaccine, there is a blood test that can be done to test their antibody levels. If their levels are particularly low, they might want to get a booster.”However, DiChiara said the booster might be the better option because the blood test is rather expensive.Those who are unsure whether they had one or two shots might check with their doctor. But the MMR vaccine is required for children to enroll in school so the vaccination rate should be high.center_img Email the author Print Article Sponsored Content In the wake of reports of cases of measles around the country, the concern is moving closer to home. Reports of cases of measles had been reported in the adjoining states of Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Then, on Thursday, April 11, a person who was found later to have measles stopped at D&J Travel Plaza in Livingston and later entered Chick-fil-A in Fort Payne to order food.Dr. Mickey DiChiara of Pike Internal Medicine, said most of the cases of measles reported have been in pockets where people have not been vaccinated for whatever reasons.However, he said measles are very contagious so it would be wise for those who are uncertain about their vaccine history to check to find when they received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Latest Stories However, those who have not had the MMR vaccine or those who are not sure and decide to be vaccinated should check with their  physician’s office to see if the MMR vaccine is available. DiChiara said right now his office does not have the vaccine. Walgreen’s and CVS pharmacies said on Thursday that they did not have the MMR vaccine readily available but could order it.Dr. Karen Landers, district medical officer, Alabama Department of Public Health said the biggest concern now is those who have not been vaccinated. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more