The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed a case of measles in the Twin Cities metro area. Although little information has been provided on the case, MDH stated that the risk to the public is extremely low. MDH is currently investigating and will inform anyone who may have been exposed.
Measles was officially declared eradicated in the United States more than 20 years ago, but declining vaccination rates are increasing the risk of its spread. In order to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks, communities need high vaccination rates. According to the health department, only 87.2% of kindergarten students were fully vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine during the 2023-24 school year, compared to 92.6% in 2019. Officials believe that this decline is likely due to people not having routine well-child visits during the pandemic.
To ensure their children’s immunization records are up-to-date, parents and guardians can go online and access them easily. By taking action now, we can help protect our communities from future outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases.