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The Rising Danger of Measles: Why the US Must Prioritize Vaccinations to Prevent More Outbreaks

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
The number of measles cases by mid-March has now exceeded the total from last year.

In recent years, the United States has seen a resurgence of measles, a highly contagious disease that was once considered eradicated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been at least 64 recorded cases nationwide by late last week, surpassing the total number of cases reported for all of last year. This alarming trend has been attributed to a decline in vaccinations against measles in the U.S., which puts more people at risk of illness, disability, and death.

Jesse Ehrenfeld, president of the American Medical Association, stated that the rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. has declined since 2019, putting more people at risk of serious health consequences. Measles is caused by a virus that is easily spreadable when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks and can lead to complications such as dehydration, ear infection, irritated and swollen airways (croup), and pneumonia.

Despite vaccines being readily available in the U.S., a lower vaccination rate during the 2022-2023 school year has put approximately 250,000 kindergartners at risk for measles infection. This highlights the importance of ensuring that children receive their recommended doses of vaccines on time to prevent outbreaks like this from happening again. The American Medical Association urges parents to speak with their healthcare providers about vaccination schedules and encourage them to keep up with their child’s recommended doses to protect them from preventable diseases like measles.

It is important for individuals to understand how dangerous this disease can be and take necessary precautions such as getting vaccinated or practicing good hygiene habits like washing hands frequently and covering mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing.

This article is part of The Post’s “Big Number” series which provides an overview of health issues through statistics. Additional information and research are available through hyperlinks.

By Samantha Nguyen

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