"Measles Symptoms and Measles Treatment - What Every Parent Should Know" - Patrick A. Coleman
The development and widespread use of the measles vaccine means that only a tiny number of children in the United States will ever be exposed to measles or experiences measles symptoms. But even though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers measles to be eradicated in America, parents still get nervous when hearing reports about small regional outbreaks. “There’s been no endemic transmission of the measles from person to person in the U.S. since the year 2000,” explains Waleed Javaid, MD, senior faculty of medicine and infectious diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and director of infection prevention and control for Mount Sinai Downtown. “If you are born here and have your vaccinations the risk to get measles is infinitesimally small.” Still, Dr. Javaid said there is a very small chance that the measles vaccine can fail considering the two doses when given correctly offer 97 percent protection.
- Waleed Javaid, MD, Senior Faculty, Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Mount Sinai Downtown