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As Measles cases rise across the nation, health officials are urging families to remain vigilant.

As of right now, Maryland has one confirmed case in Montgomery County. It came from a traveler who returned from overseas.

However, children can fall victim to measles at faster rates.

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Most healthy kids will experience symptoms such as fever, rash, runny nose, cough, and red eyes just for a few days, however, some children may get pneumonia or a bacterial infection.

According to the CDC, about one in five people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized.

Additionally, doctors are recommending parents vaccinate their children as about 100,000 to 200,000 children die from measles every year, globally.

Unlike other viruses, measles does not change, which means your child will have lifelong protection after two doses.

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