Measles case confirmed by health officials in Twin Cities metro area

Vaccination Rates and Measles Outbreaks: The Twin Cities Experience

The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in the Twin Cities metro area. While little information was provided on the case, officials said the risk to the public is extremely low. 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 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 and often covers breaking news and feature stories. In 2022, Riley received an honorable mention in sports writing from the Iowa College Media Association.

The risk of measles outbreaks in Minnesota has increased due to declining vaccination rates among children. Experts warn that communities need high vaccination rates to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks like this one in the Twin Cities metro area.

While little information was provided on the case, officials said that it posed an extremely low risk to public health.

MDH is currently investigating and will inform anyone who may have been exposed.

In recent years, declining vaccination rates have become a growing concern for public health officials.

Officials believe that communities need high vaccination rates to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks like this one in Minnesota.

Parents can take steps to ensure their children are up-to-date on all vaccinations by accessing their immunization records online.

Riley Moser is a digital line producer at wcco.com who often covers breaking news and feature stories like this one about measles cases in Minnesota.

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