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Measles: What You Need to Know

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As of April 24, this year has exceeded the greatest number of measles cases in the United States since the disease was declared eliminated here in 2000. While cases across 22 states have stemmed from importation through foreign travel, the large and lasting nature of outbreaks in New York increases the risks that measles will once again become endemic in the U.S.

The rising numbers of cases and outbreaks seen this year underscore the importance of vaccination against the virus before traveling internationally, and the need for intensive community education on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Measles poses significant threats to public health and to vulnerable populations, including young children, elderly individuals, and those with weakened immune systems. IDSA recommends strong immunization requirements regarding all CDC-approved vaccines with exemptions provided only in cases of medical contraindication.

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