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Measles a Serious Problem for Schools


Last updated 8/20/2015 at 11:27am

Health officials are asking parents to vaccinate their kids against measles before the start of the school year. Several elementary schools in San Diego are below 80 percent in measles vaccinations rates, according to the California Department of Public Health. The Disneyland measles outbreak last December, infected 147 people who were not immunized against the disease. Since then, a new state law, that goes into effect in 2016, was prompted to eliminate personal or religious exemptions to not vaccinate schoolchildren. At least 92 percent of the community needs to be vaccinated to create a herd immunity.

Progress to eliminate the disease world wide has stopped because of low vaccination rates. The highly contagious disease, has killed 315 people and infected more then 20,000 in Democratic Republic of Congo during the current outbreak.

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