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Measles is a highly contagious disease with potential complications ranging from diarrhea, pneumonia, otits media, uveitis, and encephalitis. Since the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1967, incidence of measles in the United States has drastically decreased: by 1985, number of cases had fallen by 99%, by 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated from the US. Over the last decade, measles cases per year has been limited to a median of 70. In recent years however, the U.S. has seen an alarming rate of measles cases. The increasing number of measles cases per year in the U.S. highlights the need for more public awareness of the efficacy and safety of the MMR vaccine.

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