By Red Cross volunteer Emily Esposito
With the recent outbreak of measles in the United States, vaccination and disease prevention has become a topic of discussion in the news, medical communities and living rooms across the county. There is no better time to talk about measles and rubella vaccinations and how to protect children from these serious infectious diseases.
Although Measles was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, outbreaks like this most recent one can happen when unvaccinated people travel to the United States. Because the measles is so contagious (more than 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to Measles will get the disease) it is critical to vaccinate against measles.
The American Red Cross has worked to vaccinate against and eliminate the disease for the past 15 years as part of its Measles and Rubella Initiative. This Initiative, led by the American Red Cross and its global partners, aims to ensure that no child dies from Measles or is born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome. Under this Initiative, the Red Cross has helped vaccinate over a billion children around the world!
What can you do to help vaccinate children? You can donate to the Red Cross and learn more at the Measles & Rubella Initiative’s website: www.measlesrubellainitiative.org
You can also learn about and participate in the Vaccinate a Village program that raises funds for and awareness of the Measles and Rubella Initiative. This is a perfect way for children and youth to become help their peers across the world.
To take action and learn more click here!