Immunization rates

Dear Editor:
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Colorado has the lowest immunization rates of kindergartners for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) at 87.2%. This statistic is important because as an airborn virus measles has a high contagion rate. Measles causes a rash, fever, sore and watery eyes and can lead to death in the most vulnerable community members. Recent research (Science News 6/8/2019) has shown that the measles virus attacks the immune system and wipes clean it’s memory of past infections. This puts patients at risk for fatal infections for months after recovering from the measles.

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This story was posted on October 3, 2019.