Measles is a serious infection that causes significant illness and in some cases, death. Here at Westchester Health, we strongly recommend vaccinating your child against the measles. NOTE: The measles vaccine DOES NOT cause autism.
The issue of the MMR causing ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) is now a non-issue, asserts Peter Richel, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, in a recent blog. Many valid studies have refuted the original concern raised by a British physician, Dr. Wakefield. In fact, The Lancet Journal of Medicine officially retracted the study from their journal and its archives in June, 1999.
Measles is recognizable by these symptoms:
- conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- white spots in the mouth (Koplik spots)
- classic pink or red “dotty” rash throughout the body
Patients with measles appear to be quite sick and can easily become dehydrated due to lack of desire to eat or drink.
The best prevention of measles is vaccination
Treatment for the measles is limited to supportive care only…there is no anti-viral medication magic wand. As far as prevention, vaccination is overwhelmingly the best course of action and strongly recommended. No one should hesitate to protect their children with MMR vaccination, and in so doing, also protect others around them.
Resources for you to learn more about the importance of immunizations:
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Immunization
- Food and Drug Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccines and Immunizations
- National Network for Immunization Information
You might also find these pages helpful from the Westchester Health Pediatrics website:
For more information, advice and tips, come in and see us
If you’re concerned about any aspect of your child’s healthcare, please call (914) 232-1919 to make an appointment with one of our Westchester Health pediatricians to come in and talk about it. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.
To read Dr. Richel’s blog in full, click here.