With the incidence of measles on the rise, now is a good time to make sure “MMR” vaccinations are up to date, for yourself and for your kids. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that although measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, measles outbreaks continue to occur. In 2011, 222 cases of measles were reported.
“This is the most reported number of cases of the measles in 15 years,” Dr. Ann Schuchat, director of the CDC’s Office of Infectious Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, told CNN. “Last year many U.S. travelers brought back more than they bargained for.” Two hundred of the Americans who contracted measles last year were associated with cases imported from other countries. The majority were either unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccination status.
People born after or during 1957 who have not had the disease or the vaccine are at risk for developing measles, a highly contagious disease marked by fever and rash. Complications can be serious, especially in children under age 5 and adults over age 20. For every 1,000 people who get the disease, one or two will die, the CDC says. Upstate’s Joseph Domachowske MD spoke with the Syracuse media about the measles threat.
College students, international travelers and healthcare personnel are considered at higher risk and in need of two doses. Babies usually get their first vaccine at 12 months to 15 months of age.
Read/watch WSYR Channel 9 coverage
Live interview with Dr. Joseph Domachowske MD
CNYCentral story explains 15-year high measles incidence
“About Measles” from the CDC
Report from the CDC about measles
Measles coverage from CNN