A recent case of measles has been confirmed in the Twin Cities metro area, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Little information was provided on the case, but officials have stated that the risk to the public is “extremely low.” The MDH is currently investigating and will notify anyone who may have been exposed.
The eradication of measles in the United States more than 20 years ago was a significant achievement. However, declining vaccination rates are increasing the risk of its spread. Experts advise that communities need high vaccination rates to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks. 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 ensure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations. It is essential to prioritize vaccination rates to maintain public health and avoid future outbreaks of measles or other infectious diseases.