Measles is reaching an all time high in the country. In 2000, measles was eliminated in the United States but now it’s back.
Dr. Michael Klatte a Pediatric Infectious Disease doctor at Baystate Children’s Hospital said, “It’s one of the most highly contagious, highly infectious viruses.”
According to the CDC, measles is spread so easily between one another that 90 percent of people without immunity can become infected by simply being near someone with the virus.
Dr Klatte said the only way to prevent getting measles is to get vaccinated. Once a person is infected there is nothing doctors can do. There is no antiviral drug to stop the measles. Doctors can only treat the symptoms of measles, like a fever. The vaccination is almost 100 percent effective in preventing the disease.
Dr Klatte said, “Two doses, which is what’s recommended by the CDC, as far as children getting vaccinated, is protective in 98-99 percent of cases.
The majority of cases in the current measles outbreak in Washington State and New York City involve children and adults that have not been vaccinated.
According the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, last year there were two reports of measles cases in the state. So far this year, there have been none.