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With measles outbreaks on the rise nationally, local health professionals stress importance of MMR vaccine

With measles outbreaks on the rise nationally, local health professionals stress importance of MMR vaccine

As of Friday, more than 270 people across the country, mostly small children, have been infected with measles. The highly-contagious disease, which was declared eliminated as a major public health threat nearly 20 years ago, now has outbreaks in 10 states, including Washington and New York.

Medical professionals, both nationally and locally, stress the importance of making sure your children’s vaccinations are up to date, especially the critical measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

“Not only is the MMR vaccine a required vaccine in the state of Virginia, but it is also critical in childhood health,” said Kendra Robinson, clinical director at Olde Town Medical Center. “I know there...

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