Vaccines have been one of the greatest inventions of modern medicine as they help prevent people from contracting some of the most dangerous infectious diseases in the world. When vaccinations are done effectively, the vaccine has the potential to eradicate a disease, such as the case with small pox.
One of the most important vaccines people receive from a trusted Seattle, Northgate urgent care center is the MMR vaccine. Created by Maurice Hilleman, the MMR vaccine protects people from the following deadly diseases:
Mumps is a viral disease that spreads via coughing or sneezing. The disease can cause swelling of the salivary glands, high fever, headaches, and loss of appetite. Mumps has a two-week incubation period before symptoms first appear.
Also known as German measles, rubella is a viral infection that targets a person’s skin and lymph nodes. Rubella is a dangerous disease for pregnant women as the rubella virus can cause a developing baby to acquire congenital rubella syndrome, causing deafness, eye abnormalities, and congenital heart diseases.
Measles is a highly infectious disease that targets a person’s respiratory system. The symptoms of measles are quite mild, but the complications (pneumonia and encephalitis) that the disease brings can be lethal. Sadly, poor vaccination rates in the U.S. have allowed measles to spread once again in the country. Fox News reports:
“There have been 175 measles cases so far in 2013, compared with the typical national average of about 60 cases a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The federal health agency said home-grown measles were eliminated in the United States in 2000, but the disease has continued to be carried into the country from people who have traveled abroad
The CDC said 172 of the 175 U.S. cases this year involved patients who were infected overseas or caught the disease from someone who had traveled internationally…
Earlier this year, the CDC linked 58 cases of measles in Brooklyn, New York, to an unvaccinated 17-year-old who had traveled to London. Twenty-three cases in North Carolina this year were tied to an unvaccinated resident who contracted the disease while on a three-month visit to India.”
Fortunately, all three of these dangerous diseases can be avoided by getting the MMR vaccine from a reputable Northgate, Seattle walk-in clinic, such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group. According to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children 12 to 15 months old should receive their first MMR vaccine.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Spike in US measles cases shows disease still a threat, officials say, Fox News, December 5, 2013)