5 things to know about measles right now.

Even though this article is geared towards the US, and I’m in Canada, the topic is till very important here too.

Childhood Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Culled from The Nation’s Health of the APHA. This excellent piece was reported by Lindsey Wahowiak.

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. So why is the current outbreak happening?

The vaccine for measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, was developed in the 1960s, and since then, the U.S. has seen a dramatic drop in the number of cases reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared it eliminated: the absence of continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more in a specific geographic area. But measles is still a threat around the globe, and can be brought to the U.S. by travelers. And a new outbreak linked to visits to Disney theme parks in California is causing concern.

2014 saw a record number of measles cases, with 644 reported in 27 states. And in just the first 30 days of 2015, more than 100 new…

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