How to mitigate the Measles

Avoiding the Measles (Rubeola)
What a prepper needs to know

You might not be so worried about the Measles when you read this...
Schools and the media today portray the Measles as a particularly
worrisome disease that is highly contagious and can spread
through the air. Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, they demand!
Back in the day, however, the Measles was no more inconvenient
than having the Chicken Pox.

The truth is that fifty years ago just about every kid fifteen and
under got the Measles in the course of his or her childhood.
That's about 3-4 million people who contracted the disease
annually, and of that sum only around 400-500 died, which is a
mortality rate of around .017 percent. Of course no death is
acceptable, but it certainly puts the disease into perspective.

The Measles no more of a concern today than it was fifty years
ago. It's just that the disease spreads so quickly and voraciously
and we don't want it in the United States. That's it. You see,
about 90% of people exposed to the Measles, who don't have
protection naturally or through vaccine, wind up getting the
dreaded disease. Be among the 10% who won't get the Measles
in crisis!

Steps to Avoid Measles
You might not be so worried about the Measles, but nobody
wants the disease, particularly in times of crisis. Here are steps
preppers can take to avoid the Measles...

#1: Stock up on Vitamin A.
You will read that there is no treatment for Measles; however,
truth be told, there is
no prescription medication to treat
measles. Prepper's can take precautions against the Measles and
stockpiling Vitamin A is one of them. In fact, it's the most
important thing you can do to prepare for the measles and it's an
under reported fact.

According to the John Hopkins Medicine Health Library, Measles
exposed individuals should take extra doses of Vitamin A because
this dietary supplement reduces chance of complications,
including death. In their guide on diagnosis, treatment and
prevention of Measles, John Hopkins Medicine says that "
Vitamin
A does not treat measles by itself, but it prevents the bad
outcomes tied to vitamin A deficiency."

Vitamin A is often included in multivitamins, but it's hard to find
the vitamin as a standalone, unless searching online. As well as
stocking up on the
hard-to-find Vitamin A tablets, Preppers
should enhance their diet now with foods that include Vitamin A,
and in the event of an outbreak should be prepared to take extras
doses of Vitamin A.

Foods with Vitamin A include:

The good and happy news is that in addition to helping prevent
bad outcomes of Measles exposure, a dietary supplement of
Vitamin A is important in that it also promotes bone, skin and
eye health, as well as to help prevent ear infections.

#2: Recognize the signs of the Measles.
Spotting the Measles isn't difficult once it develops and you see
the "spots" of the rash, but during the initial phase, a person may
not be aware that they have the disease, as symptoms can show
up a week or two after exposure.

It's important to know the signs and symptoms of the Measles,
so that you can begin quarantine and minimize the spread of the
disease if there is an outbreak.

Know the Symptoms and complications of the Measles:

  • Measles symptoms: Along with the prominent skin rash, the
    potentially lethal disease comes with a high fever, runny
    nose, cough, red eyes (conjuctivitis),  sore throat and a
    generalized immune suppression.

  • Complications: pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the
    brain), ear infections, or diarrhea. As well those who suffer
    from the Measles may get Neuritis, which is infection of the
    optic nerve. This can lead to blindness.

#3: Vaccinate? Maybe, maybe not!
Vaccination isn't for everyone: specifically the immune deficient
individuals, people undergoing cancer treatments, and women
who are pregnant. As well, people with religious or personal
beliefs should exempt themselves from vaccination.

There is a growing anti-vaccination movement that started in
concern of increased autism risks associated with vaccinations.
The media is quick to jump on the fact that there's no proven
link; however it's important to note that just because the link
hasn't been proven, doesn't mean there isn't a link!

One thing's for certain, the vaccine for Measles has been linked to
brain damage and coma, as well as deafness and seizures.

Melanie's Marvelous Measles, right is a controversial book, which
is not highly rated by the general public on Amazon. The author,
Stephanie Messenger, has devoted her life to educating people
about vaccines and natural health choices. She has raised three
children vaccine-free and childhood disease-free.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: that is the question!
Here are some things to ponder...

  • The vaccine is not foolproof. Vaccinating works some, but
    not all, of the time! Reader's Digest reported that of "42
    California patients infected," at the Disneyland outbreak,
    "five reported being fully vaccinated."It's interesting to note
    that about 3 percent of the people who get two doses of
    measles vaccine will still get measles if exposed to the virus!

  • Some people have a natural immunity: Most people in the
    United States already have immune protection against the
    disease through vaccination. If you are unsure whether
    you've had a vaccination (or you know you've not been
    vaccinated), you should steer clear of all public places 21
    days after an outbreak as one way to avoid getting the
    measles. Some people are naturally immune to the Measles!
    It's also good to know that most people who get the
    Measles never have anything more serious than a fever, a
    cough, a runny nose and watery eyes. Unfortunately for
    others it can be much more serious as it may lead to
    pneumonia or encephalitis. There's more bad news in that
    there's no medicine to kill the Measles virus once someone
    develops the disease and it spreads quickly.


So what happens if you choose not to vaccinate?
Potentially nothing will happen; unless you have children, in
which case your state may require immunizations to enroll your
child in school

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that "Almost
everyone who has not had the MMR shot will get Measles if they
are exposed to the measles virus." There's about a 90% chance
that you or someone in your groupwill get the disease if there's
an outbreak. That is unless you're born before 1957, the arbitrary
cut off date

#4: Avoid contact with those recently vaccinated!
An un-vaccinnated person can get and spread disease
unknowingly, but did you know that a person who has been
recently vaccinated can also spread the disease?

The best thing you can do to avoid the Measles may surprise you.
Preppers, particularly those in Minnesota, where a recent
outbreak (May 2017) is occurring, should avoid contact with
children who are recently vaccinated!

That's right! "
Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated
Individuals Spread Disease," according to a CNBC report. This is
particularly true of recently vaccinated individuals who may have
contact with an immunocompromised individual and in so doing
may spread the disease.

#5: Minimize contact with people during an outbreak.
One person can unknowingly infect an entire auditorium with the
Measles through droplets the air. Because the Measles virus can
spread through the air and also live on surfaces for several hours,
you should keep people at arms length and avoid people during
an outbreak...

  • During an outbreak, limit your children's exposure to
    people. Kids are most at risk because they touch surfaces,
    haven't built up their immune systems, and the littlest kids
    have not had booster shots because they are not yet of age.
    For these reasons, in times of extreme outbreaks, you'll
    need to take drastic measures to limit your children's
    exposure to other people.

  • Remove your kids from school or home school them if
    things get bad! Children touch many surfaces and then their
    face. Avoid unsupervised exposure to others who may
    unknowingly be infected. You can pull your kids out of school
    and enroll them in online school.

  • Don't take the kids to playgrounds or use mall equipment.
    Kids are extremely susceptible to measles, and its kids who
    spread their germs on playground and mall equipment. Play
    structures are cesspools of germs. As a bonus, you'll help
    avoid Enterovirus, the other pandemic plaguing children.

  • Keep kids at home.
  • Buy books on Amazon, instead of going to the library.
  • Reschedule annual checkups to the doctor or dentist.
  • Skip tutoring and try Khan Academy, instead

  • Mask yourself. Wear Medical Mask Respirator if you're
    unvaccinnated or have a low functioning immune system.
    Specifically, wear a NIOSH certified fit-tested N95 0r N100
    filtering face piece respirator. An NBC gas mask is not
    disposable, though it offers a high level of protection. It's
    also not practical for the Measles.

#6: Employ good hand hygiene.
Wash hands frequently, use hand wipes and alcohol-based hand
sanitizers.

  • Wash hands frequently. Use effective hand washing
    techniques to avoid pathogens. Use also hand wipes and
    hand sanitizer during outbreaks.

  • Do the fist bump! Avoid shaking hands. Shaking hands is
    more risky than touching a toilet with your bare hands! Just
    tell the other person that your hands are a bit sweaty, sticky
    or simply provide a friendly wave and call it good.

  • Cover all cuts and open sores. Even a paper cut could
    create a gateway for the measles.  Employ finger cots and
    bandages as a barrier to point of entry. Finger

#7: Don't touch your face.
The most effective thing you can do is to avoid directly touching
your face. If you must rub, choose the finger knuckle, which is the
cleanest part of your hand.

Watch the movie Contagion and you'll realize you touch your face
2,000 times a day. Unfortunately, the more you think about not
touching your face, the more you will want to rub an itch.

  • Nose: Reach for a tissue when itching at your nose.

  • Mouth: Refrain from picking your teeth with your fingers.

  • Ears: Resist scratching at your ear with your fingers,

  • Eyes: Avoid rubbing eyes with fingers. Pink eye is painful
    enough, but Ebola is deadly, and the gateway to both is
    from your fingers to your eyes. If you have allergies, know
    that rubbing eyes only produces more histamines, which will
    make your eyes even more itchy! Take your medication, use
    eye drops or try blinking your eyes several times to allow the
    natural process to sooth your eyes. Going to sleep is another
    way to allow the natural lubrication to work its magic.

#8: Beware of where germs hide!
Be cognizant while you're out and about to keep

  • Drop your shoes and purse or briefcase at the door. Make
    a new routine: when you come home take off your shoes and
    drop your purse or backpack at the door. The stuff on your
    feet contain the germs from the outside world. For extra
    measure, disinfect shoes. A purse, briefcase or backpack
    take on germs when exposed to being on the floor in public
    place, such as the bathrooms.

  • Keep three to six feet from strangers. The definition of
    "Close Contact"is six feet, so stay six feet away from
    infected people. Consider also staying away from strangers.
    Three feet is the range in which infectious material may pass
    from one person to another: the extra three feet are for good

  • Bring your own pens and pencils. Do not sign documents
    with shared pens or pencils. Kids should not share pencils at
    school. When signing debit or credit card with electric
    signature, do not use the shared writing tool. Stash a tablet
    pen in your purse or pocket.

  • Wash hands after using the following public surfaces:
  • Escalator rails, stairway rails and bathroom rails
  • Light switches
  • Picnic tables, restaurant tables, mall and cafeteria
    tables
  • Shopping carts and baskets
  • Avoid public bathrooms at airports especially. If you
    ignored #1, then by all means, at least avoid the
    airport bathrooms and all public rest rooms. Do your
    business at home.

  • Know where germs hide in the office. Bleach Germicidal
    Wipes can help you keep your personal workspace clean.
    Around the office, beware germs hide on desks, keyboards
    and mice, the copy machine / fax machine,  bathroom stalls,
    and coffee pot handles

  • Skip public transit. Avoid the general public, by avoiding
    mass transportation. We said this was an extreme list! In
    the dead of Winter, when Ebola has more opportunity thrive
    on surfaces, it's better to err on the side of caution.

  • Tele-commute. Work from home if your boss will allow it to
    minimize your exposure to contagion. See if you can set up a
    video conference instead of traveling to do your training or
    to conduct a meeting.

  • Go to grocery stores and restaurants at off-peak hours.
    It's better to avoid restaurants, but if you feel you must,
    then avoid the off-peak hours. This is simple and effective
    advice for ordinary cold and flu season.

  • Don't use the salad bar or buffets. Beware if there is no
    barrier between your food and the general public: germs are
    lurking in these seemingly harmless places. Scooping your
    salad or lunch from the buffet provides added risk for food
    poisoning.

  • Keep pathogens away from follicle points of entry. What
    does that mean? Don't shave! During the epidemic, don't
    shave legs, armpits, facial hair. By avoiding this unnecessary
    grooming, you will also avoid cuts and minimize entry points.
    Unfortunately, this brings a dilemma as having

  • Bring your lunch to work. Avoid going to restaurants, and
    gathering with the public lunch crowds. Bring your food from
    home to work and bring your own utensils. Beware that
    microwaves harbor many germs, too, so think about how you
    may handle the office microwave or kitchen sink!

#9: Consider Having Thieves Oil* handy .
As an extra measure of protection, why not try Thieves Oil?
During the 15th-century plague, the famous four thieves used an
oil of cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics to protect
themselves from the plague while robbing victims. Legend has it
the King asked their secret

#10: Keep them away with a quarantine sign.
You'll look official with a quarantine sign from OSHA, pictured
right.
Learn how to set up a quarantine.

You may have many questions on the Measles.
Why is the Measles of such a concern? In times of plenty there
are resources to deal with the Measles, but in a world of crisis
the United States would see more childhood diseases.

Now you know the actions to take now, like stockpiling Vitamin A
and foods rich in Vitamin A, so you can survive whatever curve
ball life might throw.

  • Is there a medicine to kill the virus? No. There is no
    medication for the Measles, however, health care
    professionals can mitigate the effects of the disease.

  • Is it possible to avoid the Measles without a vaccination?
    Yes, but it's not going to be easy.


Recent measles outbreaks are cause for alarm:
Preppers should be alert for measles symptoms (fever followed by
cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash) that start a few days
after a fever. Measles outbreaks are rare and have occurred
recently in the following regions:






Thankfully, you're a prepper and you're prepared to deal with the
Measles, because there's plenty you can do to avoid the Measles,
stop the spread and prepare for what happens.

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If you suspect you've been exposed to measles...

  • If you're older than 52 years of age, you'll have fewer
    worries because you've probably already had your
    vaccine)! That's good news because you can only get the
    measles once, and you've probably already had it if you're
    more than 52 years of age. The measles vaccine started in
    1963.

  • If it's been within three days of possible infection, get a
    measles vaccine! In so doing, you can provide protection
    from the illness. This provides an immediate immune
    response.

  • If it's been between three to six days, get a
    immunoglobulin — this concentrated antibodie extracted
    from donated blood that boosts the immune system. This
    shot has pre-formed antibodies to protect against the
    Measles.

How to NOT catch Measles...

  • Be more than 12-months old. Children 12 months and older
    can be immunized against the highly contagious disease.
    (The immunization is less effective when vaccinated before
    12 months of age). This means you must take extra
    measures to shield your child from the general population,
    starting with your household. Because infants are among the
    highest at risk, household members should take measure to
    not develop the disease. They should take a blood test to
    see if they are already immunized, or take measures to get a
    booster. In short, the more people in your household who
    have been immunized, the smaller the risk it is for your
    infant. Leave unvaccinated children at home during an
    outbreak.

  • Do not have a compromised immune system. Some
    children are not eligible to receive vaccinations because they
    have a compromised immune system. Children undergoing
    Leukemia for example, would likely not be a candidate for
    immunization.

  • Get vaccinated (twice). 90% of people unvaccinated for
    measles get the disease when exposed. Theory would have
    it to vaccinate; however, some get measles shortly after the
    first vaccination. There are two immunizations required for
    complete vaccination against the measles.

  • Stay away from international travellers.  Annually,
    measles comes to the United States by way of
    unvaccinnated travelers. If you can help it, stay away from
    airports, especially international airports, and steer clear of
    the people coming in and out of them.

  • Steer clear of people coughing and sneezing. Measles is a
    highly contagious disease caused by a virus that can live on
    surfaces for up to two hours.  

So while the Measles is the most transmissible of human
diseases known, preppers can mitigate the threat. You can
significantly reduce your exposure to the Measles and can
enhance defenses.

Prepare to live happily ever after and not get the measles by take
the precautionary measure outlined above!

Happy endings...
While some preppers believe the recent Measles outbreak is a
false flag, there are others who are scrambling to protect their
loved ones from getting the dreaded respiratory disease that's
highly contagious and caused by a virus. Some see the Measles
vaccine as the only solution.

The happiest place on earth Disneyland, but don't let the recent
outbreak of the measles in Disneyland stop you from having fun.

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