Measles is Increasing-- But It Doesn't Have To Beposted
I don’t even know what measles is!
Have you heard of measles, but don’t really know what it is? It’s probably because routine childhood vaccinations made measles so rare, it was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000. But those of you born in the early and mid-20th century probably remember the impact measles had on our communities. Before the 1960s, when the measles vaccine became available, millions of people each year got measles, tens of thousands each year were hospitalized, and hundreds each year died. It was a major illness that affected many people in the U.S.
When people get measles today, even with modern medicine, it can be a very serious illness. Take Joshua’s story, a 30-year-old software developer who didn’t know he wasn’t vaccinated: