- By Dana Sparks
Communities Need ‘Herd Immunity’ to Prevent Measles Outbreaks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000."
Pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Robert Jacobson, M.D., who also leads the Employee and Community Health (ECH) Research Initiative at Mayo Clinic, says measles is a horrific disease and up to 40 percent of patients may need hospitalization.
- Hear Dr. Jacobson on MPR Daily Circuit
- Learn more about measles
- Follow updates from the CDC/ Measles: Cases and Outbreaks
- Read more in TIME with Roberto Cattaneo, Ph.D., Why Measles is the Most Contagious Virus
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Jacobson are available in the downloads.