The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has confirmed 15 measles cases in Texas this year. DSHS is urging health care providers to consider measles when diagnosing patients because early identification, along with immunization, is key to preventing measles from spreading.
From the Texas Department of State Health Services: Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune will become infected. It is recommended that children get a dose of measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years. The measles vaccine is very efffective, about 97 percent after two doses. Children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had one dose of vaccine are more likely to get infected.
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