Measles Cases Grow, CDC Says 70 Plus Percent Of People Still Not Vaccinated

Matthew Lotz / U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON – The number of Measles cases in the United States has hit a 25-year record.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are 704 Measles cases across the U.S.

The new numbers come just days after the CDC confirmed that the nation reached the highest number of measles cases in a year since it was declared eliminated back in 2000.

The CDC said 71 percent of the confirmed cases are patients who were not vaccinated.

About 37 percent of all cases involved children four years of age and younger.

The CDC continued to stress that the MMR vaccine is “very safe and effective.”

Two doses are about 97-percent effective while one dose is about 93-percent effective.

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