Is Measles On the Comeback?
I remember getting the vaccination for measles when I was young. That one, and the shot for polio were required. We thought that we had eradicated it in our lifetime, but the number of measles cases spiked last year to 222. This is the highest number in 15 years. If you didn’t get the measles vaccine you are especially vulnerable says a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among US residents who were affected, 72 percent of those hadn’t been vaccinated. What is more troubling is that 50 patients were children between 16 months old and 19 years old who were not vaccinated for either personal or religious reasons.
Traveling abroad is the most likely place to pick the infection. Then, it is easily spread to those around them when they return. In fact, 90 percent of last year’s cases had their origins in other countries.