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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly all children were affected by the measles disease by the time they were 15 years of age. Approximately 3-4 million people were infected by this virus in the United States (U.S.) each year. Sadly, 400-500 people died from it.

This was all before wide spread vaccination efforts of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine in began 1963. On April 15, 2019, Iowa officials reported its 1st confirmed measles case since 2011. The mere fact that it took eight years for one case to show up in Iowa compared to before the MMR vaccine was widely available confirms that wide spread vaccination efforts work in protecting the health of the public.

In light of this good news, the U.S. is currently undergoing the second largest measles outbreak and unvaccinated individuals have been identified as the main source of the outbreak. If you look back on the numbers, it clearly demonstrates how impactful the MMR vaccine is in continuing to protect us IF people continue to get vaccinated.

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It’s been eight years since a case like this has happened all because of the wide use of the successful MMR vaccine.

Jana Crimmings, Manly

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