Measles Cases Surge in U.S., Highlighting the Need for Increased Vaccinations: American Medical Association Urges Action to Combat Declining Rates

Number of Measles Cases in Mid-March Exceeds Total for Previous Year

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at least 64 cases of measles nationwide, surpassing the total of 58 cases reported for all of last year. This outbreak highlights the need for increased vaccination rates against this highly contagious disease, which was once thought to have been eliminated from the United States by the year 2000.

Jesse Ehrenfeld, president of the American Medical Association, expressed concern over the declining rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. since 2019. This decline puts more people at risk of illness, disability, and death from the disease. Ehrenfeld noted that approximately 250,000 kindergartners are at risk of measles infection due to lower vaccination rates in the 2022-2023 school year.

Measles is caused by a virus that is typically located in the nose or throat and can spread easily through coughing, sneezing, or talking. Infected individuals can release infectious droplets into the air that others can breathe in, leading to transmission of the disease. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and watery eyes followed by a red rash that covers the body. Complications from measles can include dehydration, ear infections

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