Alert: CDC Warning About Infectious Disease Outbreak in Arizona
- Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking
- In spite of a safe, effective vaccination, measles is on the rise in Arizona.
- Before widespread vaccination became the norm in the 1960s, most people
Respiratory Illness Season in Arizona
Arizona is at the peak of the respiratory illness season. Cold and flu season is in full swing, plus respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the latest resurgence of Covid are causing widespread illness throughout the state.
The Resurgence of a Childhood Disease in Arizona
Most children in Arizona are vaccinated for a broad spectrum of illnesses, most before their first birthday.
According to the Children's Hospital of Philidelphia, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination has been widely distributed in America since the 1960s. Since that time, measles infections dropped dramatically.
Reaching Herd Immunity with Measles Vaccinations in Arizona
To achieve herd immunity against measles, Arizona needs at least 95% of its population to be vaccinated. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious complications and even death.
According to ADHS, before the measles vaccine was widely available, most children got measles by the time they were 15 years old.
- Nearly 450 people died because of measles
- 48,000 were hospitalized
- 7,000 had seizures
- About 1,000 suffered permanent brain damage or deafness
Widespread vaccination changed all that. However, since the pandemic, the CDC and other organizations have seen vaccination rates fall and a sharp rise in measles infections.
Measles on the Rise in Arizona
Measles outbreaks continue to occur across Arizona and around the United States. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona had 58 confirmed and probable measles cases last year.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking. People who are not vaccinated against measles have the highest risk of infection.
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Measles can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, brain inflammation, and death."
Most adults who grew up in the United States have been immunized against the virus, but if there's any question, it helps to talk with a doctor to determine whether you need a booster shot or a complete series of immunizations against the virus.
The Arizona Department of Health Services urges residents to check their vaccination status and get vaccinated if they are not protected. Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles and protect yourself and your community from this preventable disease.
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