March 14, 2024

Contagious Chronicles: Measles Alert

In this episode, NFID President Patricia (Patsy) A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, and NFID Medical Director Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD, offer insights on the recent increase in cases of measles, a highly contagious and potentially serious disease that is now making a comeback due to low vaccination rates in some communities. 

Key highlights:

    • Measles is highly contagious and can cause serious complications, including brain swelling and damage to the immune system
    • Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is highly effective at preventing measles, with a 97% effectiveness rate after 2 doses
    • The increase in measles cases is due to low vaccination rates both in the US and globally
    • Those unsure of their vaccination status should talk with a trusted healthcare professional about getting vaccinated
    • In communities with outbreaks, it is important to check vaccination status, isolate if exposed, and seek medical advice promptly
    • Key message is to ensure vaccination for measles and stay informed through reliable sources to prevent the spread of this highly contagious and potentially serious disease
    • Vitamin A should not be used for prevention of measles; however, vitamin A may be prescribed by a clinician, usually in a hospital setting, and needs to be given promptly once measles diagnosis is confirmed