Appointment Icon

Jones Regional Medical Center Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Highway 64 East
Anamosa, IA 52205

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Bett Plex)

5185 Competition Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Lindale)

153 Collins Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Marshalltown)

1704 South Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (North Crossing)

2134 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peck's Landing)

1940 Blairs Ferry Rd.
Hiawatha, IA 52233

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peoria)

8914 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61615

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (San Marnan)

1655 East San Marnan Drive
Waterloo, IA 50702

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Viking Road)

1000 Brandilynn Blvd
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Washington)

209 North Cummings Lane
Washington, IL 61571

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waverly)

101 Cedar River Pkwy 101
Waverly, IA 50677

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic - Express at Duck Creek

1417 Kimberly Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health Urgent Care - Des Moines

1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Express (Fort Dodge)

2728 2nd Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - Bettendorf

3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - Moline

106 19th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - North Port

3426 North Port Drive
Muscatine, IA 52761

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - SouthPark Pointe

3904 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Cascade

610 2nd Avenue Northeast
Cascade, IA 52033

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Peosta

8456 Commercial Ct
PO Box 80
Peosta, IA 52068

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic First Care - East Peoria

2535 East Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 East War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Sunnybrook

5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, IA 51106

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West

2255 John F Kennedy Road
Dubuque, IA 52002

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Road Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Closed Patients
Waiting Now

How to Prevent the Measles Outbreak from Affecting Your Loved Ones (infographic)

by -

null

With the recent outbreak of the measles virus in Disneyland last month, many people have had questions and concerns about the virus. There are now a confirmed 42+ cases linked to the virus within the state of California and 9+ cases outside the state due to traveling. This brings attention to the fact that 85 percent of those 42+ confirmed cases had not been vaccinated for the measles virus. As the situation continues to escalate, UnityPoint Clinic wants to touch on the many ways that you and your loved ones can prevent this potentially critical scenario.

What is Measles?

Measles is a childhood infection that is caused by a virus beginning in the nose and throat. At one time, measles was extremely common, but it is now easily prevented through vaccines. The measles is also referred to as rubeola and can be very serious, even fatal, for all ages.

Measles spreads when someone who has contracted the virus coughs, talks, or infected droplets spray into the air where other people can inhale them. Along with the ability to contract the virus through the air, if infected droplets land on a surface, the virus can remain active and potentially contagious for several hours.

For more information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptoms of Measles

Measles symptoms tend to appear 10-14 days after an individual is exposed to the virus and will occur in stages over 2-3 weeks. Typical symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Inflamed Eyes
  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Red, blotchy rash made up of large, flat blotches that flow into one another
  • Small white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found on the inner lining of the cheek 

Measles Prevention

If you or someone in your household is believed to have the measles virus, there are a few steps you can take to prevent it from spreading further. Since the measles is highly contagious, those who have contracted the virus need to stay out of activities that involve interacting with others for four days before to four days after the rash breaks out. With that, it is extremely important to keep those who are nonimmunized away from the infected individual(s).

The most effective way to prevent the virus from spreading is to get the vaccination as soon as possible. Anyone born after 1957 that has not yet been vaccinated, as well as children older than 6 months, should do so as soon as possible. According to our very own Dr. Marie De Alwis from UnityPoint Clinic, “Vaccines are single-handedly involved in reducing childhood mortality over the last century. For example, there were an estimated 2.6 million deaths per year due to measles prior to routine vaccination in the 1980’s and most deaths were in young children. If traveling outside of the country with a child one year old or younger, discuss the MMR vaccination with your pediatrician prior to travel.

To read Dr. Marie De Alwis’ full article on why to vaccinate: #Vaccinate2015

History of the Measles in America

In 1912 measles became a notifiable disease in the United States, therefore reporting on all diagnosed cases within the country was enforced. Within the first decade of reporting there were, on average, 6,000 measles recorded deaths each year. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, the decade before 1963 when a vaccine finally became available, almost all children had been diagnosed with the measles before the age of 15. In 1963, the measles virus vaccine was licensed in the US. Later in 1968 an improved measles vaccine was developed and began being distributed within the United States, which continues to be the same vaccine used today.

It was in 1978 that the CDC set a goal to fully eliminate the measles from the US by 1982. Though they did not meet that goal, in 1981 the virus was down by 80 percent compared to the previous year. With a minor bump in 1989 where there was a measles outbreak among vaccinated school children, it became recommended for a second round of the MMR vaccine for every child. Measles was officially eradicated in 2000 from the United States due to the highly effective vaccination program and better measles control within the country.

Why Has the Measles Virus Come back?

Due to the anti-vaccination movement, we have seen a resurgence of the virus leading to the current outbreak. The CDC documented that just last year, we saw a record high of 644 confirmed measles cases in the US. This anti-vaccination movement is based on a fraudulent research article that states the causal relationship between vaccinations and higher risks of developing autism, which has led to the decrease in vaccinations. Intensive research done by many organizations including the CDC have come back negative, indicating no causal relationship between vaccines and autism.

Typically, children receive their first MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, at 12-15 months of age and then again before attending school. Since this is the number one preventative measure you can take, it is important to speak with your physician about immunizations.

UnityPoint Clinic discusses everything you need to know to protect your family from the Measles outbreak!

When to See a Doctor

It is never too late to prevent the measles virus from affecting you and your loved ones. If you believe that you or your family have been exposed to the measles virus and are showing symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. You can reach your UnityPoint Clinic doctor by calling your clinic or by using the MyUnityPoint patient portal. MyUnityPoint is a secure way to communicate with your primary care physician and access your medical records online.