For each other’s sake

Quite recently in Alabama, the topics of vaccinations and general health have been magnified by the sudden potential outbreak of the measles virus.
Worries began a few weeks ago when a traveler who was believed to have been carrying the measles virus made two stops in Alabama, causing fear of the virus spreading to our local areas.
Spread of the measles virus is very preventable and the symptoms are clear if and when the virus is contracted.
We believe it is up to all of us to protect each other and pay close attention to any symptoms of sickness and disease.
Measles is a virus that, for the most part, has been a non-issue in our country specifically due to advances in modern medicine. Vaccines are available to those who choose to get them. 
The main issue that could fuel the fires of a measles outbreak could simply be our own negligence and lack of care for those around us.
Measles is spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes, so it’s very easy to catch if we are not protecting ourselves.
It’s a simple task to wash your hands, to cover your mouth when you cough and to disinfect work areas. We all need to be mindful, especially in a time where an outbreak is possible, of how our care, or lack thereof, could effect those around us.
The virus, if untreated, can become deadly. Please, for the sake of our friends, family, and neighbors, let’s all make sure we are being diligent in keeping ourselves healthy and clean in a time where it is so important.