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Merck has supplies in hand as measles cases spike to highest number in 25 years
release time:2019-05-05

The U.S. is experiencing the greatest spike in measles cases in 25 years, but Merck, the sole producer of the measles vaccine for the U.S., says it has production in hand.


The increase in cases has reportedly come from unvaccinated travelers bringing the virus back from other countries, coupled with lower U.S. vaccination rates in the face of opposition from high-profile skeptics who have linked the shots to other conditions, but without any scientific proof.


“In response to the measles outbreak that has occurred this year, Merck has taken steps to increase U.S. supply of our MMR-II vaccine so availability of the vaccine is maintained,” the company said in an emailed statement today. The statement emphasized the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine has been scientifically affirmed over decades of use against the highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease.

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