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How common was measles in the United States before the measles vaccine?

Before the measles vaccination program started in 1963, it's estimated that about three to four million people got measles each year in the United States. Of those people, 400 to 500 died and 48,000 were hospitalized. A further 4,000 developed encephalitis (brain swelling) from measles.

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