Measles case confirmed by health officials in Twin Cities metro area

Breaking: Measles Confirmed in Twin Cities – What You Need to Know”.

A case of measles has been confirmed in the Twin Cities metro area by the Minnesota Department of Health. Little information is available on the case, but the risk to the public is said to be extremely low. The MDH is currently investigating and will inform 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 risk of its spread. Communities need high vaccination rates to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks, according to experts. 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 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 make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations.

Riley Moser is a digital line producer at wcco.com who often covers breaking news and feature stories. In 2022, Riley received an honorable mention in sports writing from the Iowa College Media Association.

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