Measles how to avoid

What a prepper needs to know about Morbillivirus

Measles is worrisome in that it is a highly contagious disease that spreads through
the air. During the initial phase, a person may not be aware they are contagious or
even have the disease, as symptoms can show up a week or two after exposure.

Unfortunately also, 90% of people exposed to the measles who don't have
protection naturally or through vaccine, get the dreaded disease.

Thankfully, it is also a very rare disease. 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.

Immunizing against the measles is a hotly debated issue in the prepper community.
The debate centers around the decision to vaccinate. An un-vaccinated person can
get and spread disease unknowingly, while a vaccinated person theoretically can't
get the disease.

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:

If you've never been vaccinated, you can reduce your risk by staying away from
public places 21 days possible exposure.

Let's take a look at the measles and then how not to catch it.

  • Measles symptoms: fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat.

  • 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.

  • To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: that is the question:

  • Ant-vaxer movement: Melanie's Marvelous Measles, left 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.

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.

  • 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 unvaccinated 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.  

Measles Prevention Checklist

#1: 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, insteadl

#2: 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

  • 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.

#3: Don't touch 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.

#4: Wear Medical Mask Respirator if you are unvaccinated or have a
low functioning immunte system.
Specifically, wear a NIOSH certified fit-tested N95 0r N100 filtering face piece
respirator.  disposable, making them an ideal option. An
NBC gas mask is not
disposable, though it offers a high level of protection. A beard will make it more
difficult to have a tight fit on your respirator or gas mask.

#5: Beware where germs hide while you're out and about.

  • 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

  • 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.

#6: Stock up on Vitamin A.
The addition of Vitamin A to a prepper diet is important as it can prevent ear
infections and reduce illness and death due to measles. A good spice preppers may
like to add to the pantry is cayenne, which is loaded in Vitamin A and has many
other survival benefits.

#7: Consider Having Thieves Oil* handy  
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

  • 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!

#8: Keep pathogens away from follicle points of entry.
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

#9: Keep them away with a quarantine sign.
You'll look official with a quarantine sign from OSHA, pictured immediate left.

#10: Vaccinate!?
Vaccinating is a personal decision and certainly not for everyone. It's the best way
to NOT get the Measles (unless of course there's a fluke in the vaccine). You see,
some fully vaccinated people get measles!

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.

Related articles...

  • Why stock cayenne pepper? Cayenne pepper is loaded with vitamins,
    including Vitamin A, which an prevent death due to measles. Learn the many
    survival benefits of cayenne.

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any health or dietary matter, always consult your physician. This information is intended for
your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or
treatment for specific medical conditions. Never disregard or delay in seeking medical advice
when available.

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