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Resurgent Diseases - Karen Miller (Editor)
Call Number: 362.1969 RES
Presents a collection of essays exploring varying viewpoints on resurgent diseases, discussing such topics as the possible causes of resurgence and how society should respond.

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Rubella and Rubeola - Brian R. Shmaefsky
Call Number: 614.52 SHM
Rubella and rubeola were once commonly thought of as childhood diseases. In the last few decades, these illnesses have been largely brought under control in developed nations through widespread vaccinations.

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Vaccine Nation - Elena Conis
Call Number: 614.47 CON
Vaccine Nation tells the recent history of how and why vaccines became such a prized but polemical part of American health care, politics, and culture.

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Immunizations and Infectious Diseases - Margaret C. Fisher (Editor)
Call Number: 618.929 IMM
Informed by the expertise of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this authoritative guide to immunizations and infections in children covers a wide range of subject matter in easy-to-understand terms.

Facts about Measles

Measles, also known as Rubeola (not to be confused with the unrelated Rubella virus), is a highly contagious viral respiratory disease.  Symptoms of the disease include a high fever, cough, and runny nose that is followed by a rash.  The disease was once common in the United States with an estimated 3 to 4 million people becoming infected per year prior to 1963. This disease was not taken lightly as it also resulted in an estimated 400 to 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations per year.  Due to the introduction of a vaccine in 1963 and aggressive vaccination programs in in the 1970s, the number of measles cases declined and the disease was declared eliminated from the US in 2000.

Unfortunately the US has recently begun experiencing a resurgence in the number of measles cases.  From January 1 to January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles.  Most of these cases are part of the outbreak originating from Disneyland in California.  This outbreak began when international travelers visiting the park spread the disease to unvaccinated employees and visitors.

Information is key to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease.  Check out the CDC's FAQ page and the links on this webpage to learn more.

*This information was obtained from the CDC and California Department of Public Health




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