Measles Alert in Twin Cities: Experts Urge Parents to Stay Informed and Protect their Children through Immunization

Measles case confirmed by health officials in Twin Cities metro area

On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) confirmed that there is a case of measles in the Twin Cities metro area. The department stated that while the risk to the public is extremely low, they are investigating and will inform anyone who may have been exposed.

Measles was officially declared eradicated in the United States more than 20 years ago, but declining vaccination rates are increasing the risk of its spread. Communities need high vaccination rates to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks, experts say. In the 2023-24 school year, only 87.2% of kindergarten students were fully vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine compared to 92.6% in 2019. Officials believe this decline may be due to people not having routine well-child visits during the pandemic.

To ensure that children’s immunization records are up-to-date, parents and guardians can go online to access their information. It is crucial for parents to stay informed about their children’s vaccinations and make sure they receive all necessary shots on time. By doing so, we can help prevent future outbreaks of measles and other diseases.

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