NBC: Measles Outbreak Raging in Europe Could Be Brought to U.S., Doctors Warn

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Currently, there is a significant measles outbreak occurring in Europe and it is predicted to spread to the United States if something does not change quickly. This call to change pertains to increasing vaccination levels. Vaccination levels used to be at 95% in Europe, but it has now dropped to 70% in some areas. In the United States, 300 to 400 children died annually before vaccinations began. After years of successful vaccination, the United States declared measles eradicated. However, the anti-vaccination trend observed in Europe is spreading to the United States. Jeffrey Klausner, from UCLA, speculates that people are forgetting the contagiousness and detrimental consequences that measles can have on people of all ages.

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