The Minnesota Department of Health has announced a case of measles in the Twin Cities metro area. Although little information has been released, the risk to the public is considered extremely low. The MDH is currently investigating and will notify anyone who may have been exposed. Measles was eradicated in the United States over 20 years ago, but declining vaccination rates increase the risk of its resurgence. In order to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks, communities must have high vaccination rates, experts say. 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 this drop is due to children missing routine visits during the pandemic. Parents and guardians can access their children’s immunization records online and ensure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations.
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