Measles

Measles is the MOST contagious airborne illness.

Vaccinated people are very well protected!

Who’s at risk?

  • Infants under 12 months of age (too young to be vaccinated)
  • Any unvaccinated or under-vaccinated person born after 1957
  • Especially unvaccinated pregnant women

Should I get vaccinated?

You do NOT need the MMR vaccine if you…

  • Already had two doses of MMR OR one dose of MMR plus a second dose of measles vaccine
  • Already had one dose of MMR and are not at high risk of measles exposure
  • Had blood tests that show you are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Were born before 1957

You SHOULD get the measles vaccine if you are NOT among the categories listed above, and

  • Are a college student, trade school student, or other student beyond high school
  • Are a Healthcare Worker
  • Travel internationally, or are a passenger on a cruise ship
  • Are a woman of childbearing age

What’s so special about being born before 1957?

People born before 1957 lived through several years of epidemic measles before the first measles vaccine was licensed. As a result, this group of people are very likely to have had the measles disease. Surveys suggest that 95% to 98% of those born before 1957 are immune to measles. Note: The “1957 rule” applies only to measles and mumps—it does NOT apply to rubella.

E-Cigarette Safety Tips

E-Cigarette Safety Tips

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become remarkably popular in the past few years. Most people believe that e-cigarettes not only are safer than cigarettes, but also are effective tools to aid in smoking cessation. Many are using e-cigarettes with little knowledge of the potential harm to themselves and others.

E-cigarette ingredients are not standard across the industry, and the levels of those substances remain variable from product to product. Research shows that the fluid and aerosol in e-cigarettes contains known toxins, including propylene glycol, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and tobacco-specific nitrosamines. If you use e-cigarettes, make sure to research the products before you buy.

Data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows that poisoning incidents involving e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine increased by 156% in the past year, and have increased more than 14 fold since 2011. Nicotine poisoning is most likely to occur in small children who tamper with e-cigarette cartridges. More than half the calls to the poison control centers involved a child under the age of six. If you choose to use e-cigarettes, please make sure to keep them in a place safe from small children.