S1E4 // MEASLES
If a rash of cases break out in Atlanta, the ER may become a frontline defender
Measles is a childhood disease once thought vanquished in the US. The key has been a highly effective vaccine program. But measles is making a comeback as a small but growing number of parents decline vaccinations for their children. It’s known as “vaccine hesitancy.”
Hospital emergency rooms are on alert after measles outbreaks Georgia, Washington, New York, and at least 16 other states. The ER could be thrust on the frontline of measles recognition, reporting, and containment as the disease flares up as a public health crisis.
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