Public officials urge parents to vaccinate for measles

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Public officials are urging parents to have their children vaccinated for measles.

The state of California leads the nation in a measles outbreaks. Already, 28 cases have been confirmed so far this year, seven of which were in Los Angeles County.

Most of the individuals were exposed while traveling to foreign countries or from contact with visitors from overseas.

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley is director of communicable disease control and prevention in L.A. County. He says the quickly spreading disease was eradicated in the U.S. a decade ago, but infections started to rise sharply last year.

"We’re trying raise awareness to make sure that people to realize the importance of vaccination," he said.

"The vaccine can be given between 12 and 15 months of age, better to give it towards the 12 months of age. Get your child vaccinated early so they have their protection early."

Measles is a respiratory disease that spreads through coughing and sneezing. After being exposed, a person is highly contagious four days before a distinctive rash appears, and four days after. In some cases, the disease can lead to death.

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