In the Twin Cities metro area, a case of measles has been confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health. Although little information is available on the case, officials have stated that the risk to the public is “extremely low.” MDH is currently investigating and will notify anyone who may have been exposed. Measles was eradicated in the United States more than 20 years ago, but declining vaccination rates are increasing the likelihood of its spread. Experts emphasize that communities must maintain high vaccination rates to preserve herd immunity and prevent outbreaks. During 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 that this decline is due to people not having routine well-child visits during the pandemic. Parents and guardians can access their children’s immunization records online and ensure that they are up-to-date on all vaccinations.
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