Public health officials are warning people about the danger of remaining unvaccinated against measles as the number of cases so far this year has surpassed the caseload for 2023.

“It’s concerning. The areas where we’ve seen some of the biggest outbreaks of measles are areas with low vaccination rates,” says Neil Maniar, director of Northeastern’s Master of Public Health program.

In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that this year it has seen 64 cases of measles in 17 states, which is six more cases than occurred the previous year. The cases occurred mainly in children 12 months and older who had not been immunized against measles, prompting the CDC to issue a health alert urging adherence to pediatric vaccination schedules.

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