‘Spotting” the signs of Measles and Mumps

by | Nov 28, 2023

In the microscopic world of viruses, two seemingly diminutive adversaries—mumps and measles—loom large in their potential to disrupt little lives. Best Care with Bestmed Medical Scheme delves into these intricate realms alongside Dr Kevanya Coopoo, offering valuable insights into the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of these infectious viral conditions.

Understanding Mumps and Measles

Dr. Coopoo emphasises that mumps and measles are highly contagious viral infections, particularly among children. Measles manifests with the classic trio of symptoms known as the three Cs: cough, coryza (cold), and conjunctivitis, accompanied by a distinctive rash that blankets the entire body. In the case of mumps, the salivary glands become swollen, leading to the characteristic fullness of the cheeks.

The Role of Vaccinations

Highlighting the pivotal role of vaccinations, Dr. Coopoo underscores that immunisation against mumps and measles is an integral component of the vaccination schedule. The private sector provides the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, administered initially at 12-15 months, with a crucial booster shot between 4-6 years. The public healthcare system focuses on measles, with vaccinations administered at six and 12 months.

Recognising Symptoms and Taking Action

Dr. Coopoo emphasises that a critical hallmark of both mumps and measles is a notably high fever. Prompt and effective management is crucial if an outbreak occurs or if a child is infected. Isolation is essential to prevent further transmission, and keeping the infected child away from younger children, pregnant women, and the elderly helps mitigate the risk of spreading the virus.

Prevention: A Cornerstone of Wellness

In healthcare, prevention often proves to be more productive than cure. Dr. Coopoo advocates for the importance of vaccinations, emphasising the need to ensure that children are up-to-date with their immunisations. 

Maintaining good hygiene practices is a fundamental aspect of preventing the spread of mumps and measles. Dr. Coopoo recommends particular vigilance, especially after children have interacted with their peers. This simple yet effective measure contributes significantly to minimising the risk of infection.

By understanding the symptoms, prioritising vaccinations, and embracing preventative measures, families can help safeguard their little ones’ well-being. Together, let us prioritise health, proactively addressing the challenges posed by mumps and measles for a healthier, happier future.