Currently there are no confirmed cases of measles in the state of Iowa. However, there have been several cases throughout the United States. Right now is a good time to check to see if you and your family have been vaccinated.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. About three out of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea.
McFarland Clinic Pediatrician Dr. John Paschen explains what you need to know about the measles and how it can be prevented.