Measles outbreak spurs more to get vaccinated

Arizona is seeing a big spike in Measles vaccinations, and health officials believe the recent outbreak of cases across the United States is what caused this recent spike.

It was the top story on newspapers and televisions just a few months ago, the Measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in California affecting people coast to coast. 

It seems that the scare really forced people to take notice in a big way. 

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine numbers are way up here in Arizona compared to last year.

"I didn't expect to see a 30% increase," said Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

"That's a big increase, and it just shows that families listened and that is a good thing," he said.

There were seven confirmed cases in the State of Arizona, but have not seen any new cases despite other regions still seeing new cases like Nevada, and California.

"All it takes is another traveler to go to a community in California or in Europe. Some countries in Europe have ongoing transmission of Measles so there's always the opportunity for one of those folks to come back to Arizona and there could be another outbreak," said Humble.

Humble says the best way to protect yourself is to make sure you are immunized for the Measles.

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