SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - If you haven't gotten your kids the measles vaccination, you may want to consider it. There have been 159 cases of the measles this year; more than double the 60 cases our nation usually experiences.
22News spoke with doctors at Baystate Medical Center, who say the virus is very contagious, and will only spread faster if the population isn't vaccinated.
Usually, children are vaccinated as babies and then again around six or seven years old, but some parents have chosen not to vaccinate.
Measles is a viral infection that is transmitted through the air. It causes a full-body rash and flu-like symptoms.
“People who become infected with primary measles generally have a very high fever; very sick, flu-like illness with muscle aches and a lot of nasal congestion and cough,” Dr. Donna Fisher of Baystate Medical Center said.
Nearly all of this year’s cases have been traced to people who have traveled outside the country.