Measles and Millennials

The U.S. has a large -- and largely preventable -- problem on its hands: measles.

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The U.S. has a large -- and largely preventable -- problem on its hands: measles. Or perhaps the problem isn’t measles so much as the irrational behavior that has enabled measles to proliferate in recent weeks. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 30, 102 cases of measles, in 14 states, were reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with most of those cases tied to an outbreak that started at Disneyland. Compare that with a median of 60 reported measles cases per year between 2001 and 2010.

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