In 2011 there were 222 cases of measles reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The median age of the patients was 14 years old, with a range of 3 months to 84 years old. Sixty-five percent of the people who contracted measles were unvaccinated and the vaccination status was unknown in another 21%. Most of the cases (196) were in U.S. residents. Seventy cases (32%) were hospitalized due to their measles for severe diarrhea, dehydration, or pneumonia. None of the people suffered from encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and none died. Seventy-two cases were imported from other country by Americans traveling abroad (52) and foreigners traveling to this country (20). Measles is not a benign disease. It can cause serious illness and even death. The best way to protect yourself and your kids is with immunizations. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 04/20/12

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