U.S. Outbreaks Remind of Importance of Vaccination
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents and other caregivers to make sure all children are vaccinated against measles. While measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination, outbreaks have occurred in recent years in pockets of unvaccinated people in communities across the country. The most recent outbreak has been in Minnesota this summer which sickened 79 people; that is more measles cases than were reported in all of the U.S. in 2016. Most of those sickened in the Minnesota outbreak were children under 10 years of age who had not been vaccinated.