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Measles Outbreak Highlights the Importance of Vaccination

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Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.  Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body.  Measles can be easily prevented by getting the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.  The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.