• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Measles — contagious and preventable

February 1, 2019

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Outbreaks of measles in several parts of the U.S. have been making headlines. Measles is contagious, and can be serious and even fatal for small children. Once common, measles now almost always can be prevented with a vaccine. As a result of high vaccination rates, measles hasn't been widespread in the U.S. for more than a decade. While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills more than 100,000 people a year — most under age 5. Have you and your family been vaccinated?

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