April 23, 2012
According to CDC, 2011 marked a 15 year high with 222 cases of measles, 90% of which were imported from other countries. It is not really a surprise, I suppose, with measles sweeping through Europe over the past year. Some of that was bound to make its way here with international travel as frequent as it is.
All children should receive two doses of MMR, unless a doctor advises against it in rare circumstances. Luckily outbreaks in our country tend to die off quickly as the majority of children are vaccinated. Even with both doses of vaccine, there is still a small chance of infection in one of these outbreaks so remain vigilant for news of measles in your local community.
To learn more about measles, see our summary of the measles disease and our complete profile of the vaccine.
This should serve as a wake up call for all of us. These diseases are still with us and can rebound in a heartbeat. Let’s do our best to get the facts, get informed, and keep our communities safe.
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