According to an April 20, 2012 MMWR report by the Centers for Disease Control, 2011 was the worst year for measles infections in 15 years.
In an average year, 60 measles cases are reported. In 2011, 222 cases were reported. No cases were reported in Columbus or Ohio.
More than 90% of cases were imported. Most cases resulted from Americans traveling internationally. Parents who travel, especially to Europe, can bring this disease home to their children or friends.
Measles is a vaccine preventable disease. The vaccine, MMR, has often been shunned by parents who believe false information that vaccinations cause autism.
The disease is particularly harmful to children and pregnant women. In children, 1 of 10 will get an ear infection and 1 of 20 will develop pneumonia. Up to 1 to 2 children of 1,000 infected will die from measles.
Columbus Public Health offers MMR vaccinations for children and adults. For more information, visit the Columbus Public Health website.