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The terrifying impact of the measles outbreak on my sleep schedule

The Resurgence of Measles: A Growing Public Health Concern

In the year 2024, there have been reported cases of measles in eleven states across the United States. Despite the seemingly low number of 20 cases since December, this marks one of the most significant resurgences of the virus in recent memory. Due to the high level of contagiousness of measles, even a few cases can have serious implications, placing a substantial burden on public health systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning to healthcare providers about the increased risk of measles.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that poses a significant threat, especially to children and infants. Those who contract measles are at risk of developing complications such as pneumonia, brain inflammation, and in rare instances, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis — a deadly neurological disorder.

The contagious nature of measles is a cause for concern, as up to nine out of 10 individuals in close proximity to an infected person can also become infected if not adequately protected. The virus can linger in the air for up to two hours in a room where an infected individual has been present. The resurgence of measles can be attributed to a decrease in vaccination rates in recent years.

Public skepticism surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines has contributed to a decline in vaccination rates, leading to a resurgence of preventable diseases such as measles. During the 2021-22 school year, there was a national decline of nearly 1% in kindergarten vaccination rates, equating to approximately 40,000 unvaccinated students. Research indicates that at least 8,500 schools across the country have vaccination rates below the 95% threshold recommended by the CDC for effective prevention of measles transmission.

It is crucial for parents to recognize the seriousness of the threat posed by declining vaccination rates and adhere to the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule to protect their children from measles and other infectious diseases. The measles vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective, with minimal side effects. It has been over 25 years since the United States achieved the elimination of measles, with no continuous transmission of the disease for an extended period. Therefore, it is imperative to address the growing vaccine hesitancy in order to prevent further outbreaks of measles and other preventable illnesses.

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