On Friday, January 23, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network issued an advisory regarding the multi-state measles outbreak, which began in California in December. CDC reminds us that measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness which can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. It is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing; infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterwards. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air.
Please visit the CDC website to learn what vaccines are recommended for you. Contact your healthcare provider, local pharmacy or the health center for additional information.