Measles Spotted

By Rosanne Ullman | 06/08/2014 3:25:00 PM


click image to zoomPhotography by Tomasz Trojanowski for 123RF Salons that deal with the public—in other words, all salons—should be aware of an uninvited returning visitor: measles.

The measles virus, which has been declared eliminated from the United States since 2000, has snuck back through our borders in alarming numbers through unvaccinated travelers who have contracted measles in other countries, particularly the Philippines. With nearly 300 Americans infected this year, the U.S. is experiencing the largest outbreak since 1994, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Typically, measles starts with a high fever, followed by a cough and runny nose before the skin breaks out in the signature red spots. Measles is highly contagious; if your salon shares a ventilation system with other businesses, essentially you and your clients will be exposed to the virus if an infected person is anywhere in the building.

The best way to protect yourself is through the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. CDC recommends two MMR doses for everyone starting at age 12 months or at age 6 months for a baby traveling abroad. If you’re traveling abroad and are unsure whether you’ve been vaccinated, CDC recommends receiving the vaccine. 

Although most people who contract measles get through the ordeal without harm, the disease can be serious and even deadly. Worldwide, measles is responsible for an estimated 122,000 deaths each year.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at


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