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Rise in Measles Cases Inoculations Advised

Date Posted: 2000-12-01

Hospitals and public health offices want more parents to inoculate their children against measles, following an increase in reported cases. Officials, who are seeing one to five children with measles reported every week in south Okinawa, are advising on measles inoculations for children older than 1. The age group that gets measles most is children between six months and three years old.

Despite a measles outbreak two years ago that lasted a year, only 69 percent of Okinawan children have been inoculated against measles. Many parents avoid the injection because of its side effects.

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