Officials urge vaccinations after measles confirmed in SC

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Doctors are encouraging vaccinations following the first case of measles in more than 20 years in South Carolina. 

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said the viral disease was confirmed earlier this month in a Georgetown County resident.

DHEC said the state’s last case of measles was in 1997 — three years before it was declared eliminated in the U.S. 

Doctors say before the 1960s, almost every child got the measles before age 5.

Approximately 500 people used to die from measles a year before the vaccine was introduced in the late 1960s.

The latest case has doctors urging parents to vaccinate children against the highly contagious disease that spreads through the air.

Officials say children should receive the MMR vaccine in two doses by the age of 6.

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