Measles was once thought to have been eliminated in the United States. However, a USA Today interview with CDC Director Thomas Frieden has revealed that the dangerous infectious disease has made a shocking return to American soil in 2013:
“The USA is experiencing a spike in measles, with 175 confirmed cases and 20 hospitalizations so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 98% of measles patients were unvaccinated, Frieden said.
The USA has still had about 60 “imported” measles cases a year, largely diagnosed in travelers who come from abroad. Those cases mostly haven’t spread beyond a couple of people, however, because nearly everyone those travelers encountered was vaccinated.
The country’s safety net has become more porous in recent years, as like-minded parents who refuse vaccines have clustered in the same communities.”
As the snippet from the USA Today article mentions, certain diseases can make its way back to the U.S. if a person who has not been vaccinated comes in contact with the disease. This careless behavior can easily infect others once the carrier of the disease returns from his or her trip. Thus, it’s important to be armed with the proper vaccines and medication before leaving the country for business or vacation.
The MMR vaccine is not the only travel vaccine that reputable walk-in clinics in East Sacramento, CA offer travelers. Some of the more important travel vaccines they provide include:
Like the MMR vaccine, the Tdap vaccine protects a person from three different diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). This vaccine serves as a booster shot for those who received the DTaP vaccine as children.
Poliomyelitis, more commonly known as polio, is a viral disease that targets the nerves, leading to partial or full paralysis. Polio has seen a recent uptick in 2013, especially in countries in the Middle East.
The surprising measles outbreak underscores the importance of getting properly vaccinated at an East Sacramento urgent care center, such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group facilities, or any other medical facility before travelling abroad. Be sure to review your travel plans and vaccination history with a doctor at least six weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to take effect.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Measles cases in U.S. rise; most unvaccinated, CDC says; USA Today; December 5, 2013)