CDC Measles Outbreak Digital Toolkit

PUBLISHED: May 9, 2019
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a digital toolkit to support providers during the current multi-state measles outbreak. The toolkit includes accurate, science-based products for providers and their patients that can help counter misinformation about measles and MMR vaccine.

According to the CDC, health care providers are the most trusted source of information when your patients have questions or concerns about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Providers can help patients stay healthy by:

  • Reminding patients to make sure all family members are up to date on MMR vaccine.
  • Taking every opportunity to vaccinate patients who are behind on MMR, especially those who are traveling internationally or living in or near communities experiencing a measles outbreak.

Providers are encouraged to check the measles toolkits website regularly; CDC will add new resources as they become available.

For up-to-date answers to your patients' frequently asked questions about measles, visit Frequently Asked Questions about Measles in the U.S.

Clinicians are reminded of the following clinical features of measles:

  • Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness.
  • Characterized by a prodrome of fever (as high as 105°F) and malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis - the three “C”s -, a pathognomonic enanthema (Koplik spots) followed by a maculopapular rash. The rash usually appears about 14 days after a person is exposed. The rash spreads from the head to the trunk to the lower extremities.
  • Patients are considered to be contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears.
  • Of note, sometimes immunocompromised patients do not develop the rash.

Included with today’s notice are example policies related to measles screening for staff and clinical features of measles.

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