Guest Editorial: Measles - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Guest Editorial: Measles

Since measles is highly contagious, you are very likely to become ill if you are not vaccinated and come in contact with someone who has the virus. (Source: Raycom Media) Since measles is highly contagious, you are very likely to become ill if you are not vaccinated and come in contact with someone who has the virus. (Source: Raycom Media)
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - I'm Dr. Britt Conroy representing the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. I'm here to talk to you about measles.

Measles can start with a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and red, watery eyes. These symptoms are usually followed by a rash of tiny, red spots. Measles spreads through the air as people breathe, cough and sneeze. Because measles is highly contagious, you are very likely to become ill if you are not vaccinated and you come in contact with someone who has measles.

Measles can be deadly for children, especially for those younger than 5 years old. The most important thing you can do for your family and coworkers is to get the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine – or MMR for short. The MMR vaccine is proven to be both safe and effective.

If you don't know whether you or your family have received the vaccine, please talk to your doctor. To learn more about measles, contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health or visit our website at ccbh.net.

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