How to tell if your child is suffering from a case of measles: CDC
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — If you think your child’s been getting measles because he or she is sitting in a chair, standing in a crowded classroom, or eating a pizza, it may be time to take a close look at your child.
But you should also keep in mind that measles is still a very contagious disease, and not everyone who becomes infected will develop a full-blown disease.
If you’re concerned about your child being infected, you need to be aware of what you’re doing to keep him or her healthy.
If your child was exposed to measles during the week before the measles outbreak in the United States, you should contact your childs doctor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone who is vaccinated with a seasonal vaccine (such as the MMR vaccine or the pneumococcal vaccine) should be on hand for their child’s visit to a pediatric dentist.
The CDC also says anyone who has had measles in the past month should contact their childs pediatric dentist if they have not already done so.
It is recommended that you contact your pediatric dentist at least 10 days before your child visits the dentist, but if you haven’t been vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you do so at least 20 days before the visit.
The dentist will examine your child and will discuss your child with your pediatrician, who will determine if the MMR vaccination was effective.
If your child had measles prior to the start of the measles epidemic, the dentist will give your child the pneumocyst-containing MMR vaccine.
If you have had measles, the doctor may also give you the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.
The vaccine protects against the measles virus and the rubella virus, and it can be given to children as young as 2 months old.
The vaccine should be administered under the supervision of a qualified health care professional, who is licensed to practice medicine in the state of New York, the Centers for Diseases Control and Control and the United Nations Children’s Fund.
You can find a list of medical professionals and vaccine manufacturers at the CDC’s Vaccine Information Center website.