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No measles deaths were reported in the U.S. last year; the last one occurred in 2003. But about a third of the 2011 cases were hospitalized, and one child was touch-and-go for about a week before finally recovering, one CDC official said.
Officials traced 200 of last year's 222 cases to measles in another country, said Schuchat, director of the CDC's Office of Infectious Diseases. The largest outbreak was in the Minneapolis area where 21 cases were traced to a child who got sick after a trip to Kenya.
The last time the United States had more measles was in 1996, when 508 cases were reported.
Before the vaccine was available, nearly all children got measles by their 15th birthday and epidemics cycled through the nation every two to three years -- generally peaking in the late winter or spring. In those days, about 450 to 500 Americans died from measles each year.
Two doses of a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine are recommended for all children, including a first dose given around a child's first birthday and a second dose around the time of preschool. These vaccinations are believed to last for a lifetime. Children as young as 6 months can get a first dose if they're going to a country with measles outbreaks, health officials say.
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