Measles Continues to Spread: Who Is at Risk?

Measles Continues to Spread: Who Is at Risk?

Did you know the bacteria in your coughs and sneezes can stay alive in the air for up to 45 minutes? Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily through airborne respiratory droplets expelled by a cough or sneeze. That puts a lot of people at risk (often unknowingly).

In 2000, measles was declared an eliminated disease in the United States. In recent years, however, there has been a surge of people reluctant to vaccinate. As a result, we are seeing an uptick in measles cases. This is particularly true in communities with low vaccination rates. To create an adequate blanket of protection for everyone, between 93 and 95 percent of the population must be vaccinated.

Who is at risk for measles?

Besides those who have decided not to get vaccinated, certain people are at a heightened risk of contracting this disease. Reasons include age, health conditions, or other factors like pregnancy. Here is a list of people who can not, or should not, get a measles vaccination:

  • Babies and small children who are too young to be fully vaccinated.
  • Elderly individuals who are sick or have a weakened immune system.
  • Anyone with a history of severe or life-threatening allergic reactions to any MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine.
  • Women who are pregnant.
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system due to HIV, AIDS, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or steroids.
  • Anyone with a family history of immune system problems.
  • Anyone with a condition that causes them to bruise or bleed easily.
  • Anyone who has recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products.
  • Anyone who has tuberculosis.

Vaccinations are a vital part of preventative care, not just for yourself, but also for those around you who are unable to get vaccinated.

Protect your community today and get vaccinated against measles and other preventable diseases. Pomona Valley urgent care services in Chino Hills, Pomona, Claremont, and La Verneoffer onsite immunizations on top of their robust medical care services.

5 Tips on Staying Healthy for Men’s Health Month

5 Tips on Staying Healthy for Men’s Health MonthSixty percent of men do not go to the doctor for annual check ups.

That statistic is staggering, especially when you consider regular checkups can detect early stages of a number of diseases that affect men—including prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among American men.

5 health tips for men’s health month

Men’s health month aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage regular preventative health screenings. Here are five things you can do to live long and healthfully:

  1. Schedule an annual physical (every year)
    Even if you are feeling okay, an annual physical is one of the best ways to promote good health. It’s a good opportunity to check cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure levels—three leading indicators of overall health.
  2. Get physical
    Take care of your heart and reduce stress with at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. It can be as simple as taking a brisk walk or playing with your children, grandchildren, or animals.
  3. Get rest
    Men need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night in order to perform at their best. If you’re not getting enough restorative slumber, you’re putting yourself at increased risk for certain respiratory diseases,type 2 diabetes, stroke, or heart disease.
  4. Stop smoking
    Each time you smoke, you’re increasing your risk of respiratory disease, lung cancer, and emphysema. Ask your doctor to help you quit.
  5. Eat the rainbow
    Fill your plate with colorful fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Not only will these foods give your more energy than fast or processed foods, they are also helpful in preventing certain diseases, like prostate cancer.

If you’re looking for experienced, board-certified Family Medicine Doctors in Chino Hills, La Verne, Claremont and Pomona, make an appointment at one of our Pomona Valley Health Centers today. Call 909-536-1493.