Measles Outbreak Reported in Texas – Is Fear of MMR to Blame?

blameA measles outbreak in Texas has doctors all across the state worried and alert for patients who show signs of infections.

The Texas Department of State Health Services asked people to seek immunizations following six new measles cases.

However, parents fear that the MMR vaccine is not safe and can harm their child further.

What are Measles?

Measles, also known as mumps, is a respiratory diseases resulting from a virus. Some symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Rash all over body
  • Red, watery eyes

A typical case of measles begins with the symptoms listed above. However, two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth.

A red or reddish brown rash appears and will usually begin on a person’s face and then spreads downwards toward the neck.

Normally, after just a few days the rash will begin to disappear and reduction of fever will occur.

What Caused The Measles Outbreak?

Due to recent studies pertaining to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has made parents a bit skeptical. Parents believe that their child may develop autism from the MMR vaccine.

In 1998, a study was published that shed light on this possibility. Given the findings this may have caused parents to refuse to vaccinate their child, which may have led to the outbreak in Texas.

In 2002 investigators at UtahStateUniversity published a study showing evidence of some abnormal reaction to the vaccine in children with autism.

The debate between the MMR vaccine and its link to autism is still on-going. However there has been no official link to the vaccine and autism.

If you or your child has developed symptoms call your local health care provider.


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