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Tag: immunization

May
30th

Measles outbreak shows threat of vaccine holdouts

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

In 2005, health officials welcomed news that there had been only 37 cases of measles in the United States the previous year – the smallest number in the 90 years that such records had been kept.

Fast forward six years. Already in 2011, 118 cases have been reported in 23 states, including Washington – the highest number this early in the year since 1996. Although no one has died, 40 percent of those infected needed hospitalization. Among the complications of measles are pneumonia and encephalitis.

So why the surge in cases now?
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