PA Health Officials Stress Need For Immunization In Wake Of Measles Outbreaks In Other States

Measles outbreaks in Washington, New York, and Texas have Pennsylvania health officials calling on state residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date. Measles is a highly contagious disease with cold-like symptoms, but it can cause serious complications. It's easily preventable with a vaccine known as MMR, which guards against measles, mumps and rubella. The MMR immunization rate among Pennsylvania kindergartners is over 96 percent. That's above the threshold for so-called herd immunity.