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With Measles “Breaking Out” All over the United States, Here Are Some Good Educational Resources

March 2019

Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC’s Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. The column is featured in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC’s) monthly e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. Technically Speaking columns cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as needle length, vaccine administration, cold chain, and immunization schedules.
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With Measles “Breaking Out” All over the United States, Here Are Some Good Educational Resources
Published March 2019
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 228 cases of measles have been confirmed so far this year (as of March 7) in 12 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. With additional cases anticipated, we unfortunately may surpass the 2018 total of 372 reported cases within the first half of 2019.

Measles frequently comes into the U.S. from travelers who contract the disease abroad and bring it into the U.S. This highly communicable virus then spreads in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.

Whether you live in a state where measles has already occurred or if you simply want to be prepared, the resources below will help you protect your patients from measles.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Immunization Action Coalition

Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

American Academy of Pediatrics

How to Protect Your Children During a Measles Outbreak

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