Did you know…
Measles cases in the US are the highest they’ve been since 2016, with successive increases every year.
There are 200+ cases of measles in the US per year. (2019)
The measles still is a leading cause of childhood deaths in children under five worldwide, killing around 400 kids a day.
There are around 100,000 deaths a year. Many cases go unreported so the number may be much higher.
The MMR (measles) vaccine is 97% effective (and safe).
We need 95% of people vaccinated to keep measles out of our communities.
Only 86% of children get the first dose of MMR, and only 69% get the second dose. If they don’t get the second dose, they are not fully protected.
If a group of unvaccinated people are left in a room with just one individual with the measles, 90% of them will most likely get it.
The measles is preventable. Get your kids the MMR vaccine. It’s never too late.
PHOTO CRED: The Scientist Magazine