The number of people infected by measles is on the rise for the first time in many years.
131 cases have already been reported this year nationwide. That represents the highest number of cases since 1996.
The El Paso County Health Department is urging more parent to have their children vaccinated against the disease.
Only 85% of children are vaccinated in El Paso County. That number should be at 95% to protect the community from contracting the disease.
"Our concern at the health department is that if we introduce measles into our schools in El Paso County, it has the potential to spread to a large number of people," said Dr. Bernadette Albanese with the El Paso County Health Department.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the MMR vaccine.
The first dose should be given between the ages of 12 and 15 months.
Kids should receive their second dose of the vaccine before they start kindergarten.
For more information from the El Paso County Health Department, click on the link below.
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