Friday, October 28, 2011

Measles Cases in US at 15-Year High

Remember the measles? That highly-contagious disease that sickened half a million people in the United States each year?

If you answered no, that’s probably because you, and those around you, were vaccinated against the measles. After the introduction of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine (MMR), measles in the US fell to an average of around 60 cases per year.

Unfortunately, the new trend to not vaccinate children is behind recent measles outbreaks in the US. In fact, they are at a 15-year high. 214 cases have been reported this year alone.

Source: "CDC - Pinkbook: Index - Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 26 Oct. 2011. <>.

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