As N.Y. measles cases climb health department recommends that parents vaccinate earlier

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By Shamard Charles, M.D.

Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive up the number of U.S. measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years.

Health officials say 71 more cases were reported last week, with 68 of them from New York. That brings this year’s total to 626.

That is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported for the whole year. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest numbers Monday.

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