The ‘Measles Immunisation Day’ is observed on March 16, every year in India, which chiefly targets at providing necessary information about this contagious disease and the various steps taken by the different immunisation programs to eliminate this deadly virus.
Measles is an extremely contagious viral disease that mostly affects children of all age groups. Despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines, this fatal disease is one of the leading causes of death among young children throughout the world. Also Read: Measles Immunization Day: Learn How Vaccination Helps
Measles is usually transmitted through droplets from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. Once a person is infected by the virus, it usually takes 10-12 days for showing the initial symptoms. The common signs and symptoms of measles include high fever, bloodshot eyes, a runny nose, tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth, and development of rashes on the face and upper neck that gradually spreads onto other parts of the body.
Children under the age 5, or those who are not vaccinated or kids who are malnourished and have a deficiency of vitamins and minerals are more at risk of getting this infection. In chronic conditions, the deadly virus can even lead to encephalitis, severe diarrhoea, blindness, ear infections, respiratory issues, and pneumonia.
Although vaccinations are extremely crucial in reducing the risk of getting this infection, doctors suggest that an appropriate nutrient-sufficient diet is also equally important. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals not only prepares the body to tackle the diseased condition but also shield the body and effectively minimise the risk of getting it.
This infographic enlists some dietary tips to aid in quick recovery from this deadly viral infection.