Do you remember life before the measles vaccine?


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Before the measles vaccine was introduced in the 1960s, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year, the disease infected up to 4 million people, put tens of thousands in the hospital, killed up to 500, and left roughly 1,000 with chronic disability. Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, but today California is confronting an outbreak.

If you have a story about life before the measles vaccine, KPCC health reporter Rebecca Plevin wants to hear from you.

Did you, or someone you know, have measles? How bad was it? She would also like to hear from people who grew up in countries where measles is still a big problem.

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