Measles Outbreak in Kansas

The Spotted Kid Disease – have you seen it yet?  canstockphoto2517660

But, first of all…THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!To all you great parents out there who have gotten your TSKs (those special kids) vaccinated!  Not only have you protected your kids, but you have protected your community members who have cancer and other immune problems!

Well, in case you hadn’t heard, Kansas has several cases of the Spotted Kid Disease, aka Measles.

Now, Measles has:

  1. An incubation phase, (or the time from getting the germ until symptoms start) of up to 14 days.  The person doesn’t feel sick, but can share the Measles germ after for 4 days before acting sick!
  2. The first obvious signs that last about 3 days are:
    mild to moderate fever
    persistent cough
    runny nose
    sore throat
    red eyes
  3. Then the rash starts as the head breaks out first, then spreads down the rest of the body with small red spots that may be slightly raised, and eventually form so close together they give a blotchy red look.
  4. The fever will rise sharply, up to 105.
  5. The rash will slowly fade, from the head first.

Facts about Measles:

  1. A person can be contagious for about 8 days; 4 days before the fever starts to 4 days after the rash appears.
  2. The most susceptible folks are those who haven’t had the vaccination and those with poor immune systems.
  3. Most cases in the United States are due to unvaccinated people.

This is why it is SO IMPORTANT that you get TSK vaccinated!

The more people that are vaccinated, the less likely we will have an epidemic. This is called “Herd Immunity”.  We don’t need any more “Spotted TSKs” in Kansas!!!

The MMR (Measles vaccine) can be given at 1 year, so if your TSK is 1 year old or older and hasn’t had the MMR, PLEASE talk to your doctor!

THANK YOU… for keeping TSK healthy… and for caring enough about your community to keep our weaker members safe!  Give TSK a hug, Gene