Art of prevention: The importance of measles recognition and vaccination

Janna M Vassantachart, Anthony H Yeo, Andrew Y Vassantachart, Sharon E Jacob, Linda Golkar
International Journal of Women's Dermatology 2020, 6 (2): 89-93
Measles is a viral infection that has a characteristic pattern of prodromal symptoms followed by a rash. Previously considered an inevitable childhood condition, measles is known as the "first" classic childhood exanthem. For most children, measles was a one-time, short-term illness; however, some children developed complications that led to severe sequelae and death. The introduction of the measles vaccine dramatically decreased the number of cases, but the current trend against vaccination has caused outbreaks of the condition. We propose the implementation of the AAA approach (assume, advise, and answer) as a way for providers to directly encourage the administration of the vaccine and prevent future cases of measles.

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