<< Vaccine-Preventable Diseases In Pediatric Patients: A Review Of Measles, Mumps, Rubella, And Varicella


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Outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella still occur in the United States, and emergency clinicians must remain vigilant in diagnosing these diseases. Emergency clinicians should be able to recognize these diseases based on rash morphology and potential risk factors (eg, travel, lack of full vaccination, etc). Vaccinations should be encouraged, since they are highly effective in reducing these diseases and their associated complications. Cases of these vaccine-preventable diseases can usually be managed with supportive care, but severe complications and death may occur. The greatest threat is the public health issue; thus, isolation and control measures and vaccine education are paramount to limiting the spread of these diseases.

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Deborah A. Levine, MD

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December 2, 2016

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January 2, 2020

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