California has been experiencing a major measles outbreak this year and officials are calling it a “spike.”
But even though the number of confirmed cases is down by about half, there is still a significant spike.
Here are a few ways to avoid becoming a victim of the “spiking.”1.
Never drive alone at night or under the influence of drugs.
This can make you more vulnerable to a spike in measles cases and make it harder to get a good night’s sleep.2.
Avoid crowded areas or places with lots of people.
This could make it more difficult to stay in touch with others who are infected, or it could make you feel uncomfortable.3.
Consider staying at home or staying home from school.
You can get vaccinated as a result of attending school, but this can also make you a more susceptible to measles.4.
Don’t wear masks or gloves.
This will make it easier for the virus to spread.5.
Get vaccinated on a regular basis.
This is especially important for pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, people who have recently visited countries where measles is prevalent and others who have traveled overseas.6.
Get a booster dose of measles vaccine.
People who have a low immunity level, like those with chronic diseases, may have a higher chance of contracting measles.7.
Talk to your doctor.
This may prevent you from contracting measles and you may be protected from a spike.8.
Use a fever reducer.
It can make your immune system react by boosting your own immunity.9.
Consider seeking professional medical care.
Getting tested for measles is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting infected.10.
Call your doctor if you feel sick or if you have a fever.11.
Check with your doctor before traveling abroad or if your child has traveled to another country.12.
Get tested for vaccine-preventable diseases at least every two weeks.13.
Check if you’re immunized before traveling to other countries.14.
If you do get sick, call your doctor right away.15.
Contact your local public health department for more information.16.
Call the CDC for additional information on how to protect your family members and yourself from measles.