Measles can lead to hospitalization and death. Vaccination is the best preventative measure that can be taken to prevent spread of measles.
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It was declared as being eliminated in the United States in 2000. It was no longer circulating. Cases that appeared after 2000 were imported. Vaccination rates dipped, leading to outbreaks. A 95 percent vaccination rate in a community supports herd immunity.
Measles is extremely contagious. If you’re prone to the disease, you can contract it from across a room. It can stay in the room up to two hours after an infected person has left. Public health authorities are great about tracking outbreaks.
Listen as Dr. Sean O’Leary joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss measles, vaccinations and how they protect your child and others in the community.
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