Measles is a nasty childhood illness that causes them to suffer from a runny nose, cough, a sore throat, a fever, inflammation around the eyes, and a bad rash on the skin. Once a child gets this illness, there is no cure, just treatment. However, they will just need to run its course and go away on its own, and it will. Many parents can prevent their children from contracting this illness by having them get their vaccination against it. The vaccination against the measles is also known as the MMR or the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination.
Although the vaccination was available for all children last year, 118 cases were reported last year alone. This year, so far, over 100 cases have been reported, despite the vaccination being available to everyone. According to the CDC or the Center for Disease Control, 21 states so far have reported the disease. These states include Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
Although the symptoms of the measles go away within a few days to one week, about one or two out of every 1000 children will die from the disease. There are also some cases that have been known to cause pneumonia, which when causes the disease to be fatal. Measles is highly contagious, however, those who are vaccinated should not get the disease, according to the CDC. They say it is very effective and should be given to children in two different doses.