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. <http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/index.html>.|
- “U.S. measles cases highest in 15 years” NBC News
- “Unvaccinated behind largest US measles outbreak in years” USA Today
- “Diseases of the past coming back, thanks to distrust of vaccines” Austin American-Statesman
- “Largest Measles Outbreak in U.S. in 15 Years” The State Column