Measles outbreaks in CA and AZ
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that measles outbreaks have recently occurred in Arizona and California.
Because of vaccination, people usually don’t get measles in the United States. But when they do, the disease is very contagious. So people who haven’t been vaccinated are at risk of catching this disease and spreading it to others.
Usually measles isn’t a serious disease. People may have a rash, cough and fever. But sometimes measles can be very serious. It can cause pneumonia, brain damage and even death.
The recent outbreaks remind us of how important vaccinations are. To learn more about vaccinations for your baby, read the article on the March of Dimes Web site.