Written By: Vicki Thomas
This rise in measles is being traced to people (both adults and children) who have not received the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. It used to be pretty standard that children aged 12 months receive their first vaccine and are then vaccinated again between the ages of four and six. Previous to the development and introduction of this vaccine in 1963, contracting measles was considered to be very serious often resulting in death. With this vaccine, the rate of incidence of this disease fell from the thousands to the hundreds with the measles being eliminated from the United States in 2000.