SOUND OFF: Has your family been vaccinated against measles?
CDC reporting largest outbreak of measles in nearly 20 years
More people have been infected with measles in the United States during the first four months of this year than have been infected during the first four months of the past 18 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC data shows 13 outbreaks and 129 cases have been recorded so far this year. In the past 13 years, the average number of measles cases was nine per year.
Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases. Symptoms usually include fever, cough and conjunctivitis, along with a rash. In rare cases, measles can lead to pneumonia and brain infections, which can be fatal. The last reported death from measles in the U.S. was in 2005.
According to the CDC, the measles vaccine has prevented an estimated 323 million illnesses and 732,000 deaths.
Has your family been vaccinated against the measles? Tell us why or why not below.
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