Measles outbreak is the worst in decades

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The number of measles cases across the country is at a 27-year high.

The Centers for Disease Control released the sobering numbers as parents are making sure their kids' vaccinations are up to date for the start of school.

Indiana is one of 30 states with confirmed cases of measles even though the virus was declared "eliminated" in the U.S. in 2000.

In the majority of cases the people impacted had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC.

The health organization reports there are 1,203 cases of measles across the country so far this year. That is the most since 1992.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is one of the immunizations Indiana law requires school children to receive.

But according to the CDC, only 90 percent of Indiana kindergartners and 81 percent of sixth graders meet the requirement for measles — nearly 20,000 people.

Parents have 20 days from the start of classes to have children vaccinated. Kids who do not have required vaccinations can be removed from school.

IPS is preparing to offer vaccinations at clinics in the schools. The Marion County Public Health Department offers vaccinations as well.