Measles Cases Highest Since 1996

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Officials emphasized the importance of keeping children's vaccinations current.

"We have been lucky to have low levels of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, but children can still get measles and can still spread measles, including to those too young to be immunized and those who can't be vaccinated because of medical reasons," Schuchat said.

Seward added: "It's important in this country to maintain high levels of vaccination that have been so successful in limiting measles to relatively low numbers over the last decade. We would like to remind parents, as their children go back to school, whether or not they attend in schools or are home-schooled or attend day care, this is a good time to be considering their vaccination status for measles to protect them from acquiring this disease."

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The CDC has more on measles.

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