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Measles is Spreading in Largest U.S. Cities

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Measles is a highly contagious disease and it’s spreading.  The CDC says it's because people are not vaccinating their kids out of fear that vaccinations cause autism.

Dr. Benjamin Davidson with Covenant Medical Center says we need to remember what life was like before vaccinations were available. He said children who had the measles suffered from seizures, pneumonia, brain damage and many even died.

There are two rounds of vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella. Davidson says 99% of people who receive both rounds of the MMR vaccine will develop immunity to all three diseases.

Right now, measles is spreading in the largest U.S. cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco. But Davidson says it could just as easily be knocking on our door. Measles normally spreads into an unvaccinated population through a person who travels for business or even a vacationer. 

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