If you or a family member contract the measles, there is not much that can be done other than letting the virus run its course and providing supportive care for the symptoms. This supportive care might include treatments such as getting plenty of rest and drinking plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medication can be used to reduce pain and discomfort, and medication may be suggested if the cough is severe.
The World Health Organization recommends using vitamin A as a treatment for measles, because it helps reduce the likelihood that the person will develop blindness.
Complications occurring from the measles virus may result in a bacterial infection such as pneumonia. The bacterial infection can be treated using antibiotics, but the antibiotics are not effective in treating the viral symptoms.
Prevention is the best course of action for the measles, especially since there has been great success using the measles vaccine to reduce the occurrence of the disease. Vaccination has drastically decreased the number of deaths from the disease, resulting in a 75% decrease in measles deaths in the United States from 2000 to 2013. Currently, it is estimated that 85% of children are vaccinated.
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