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May 29th, 2014
05:06 PM ET

Are 'anti-vaxxers' to blame for measles outbreak?

(CNN) – Measles was supposed to be gone, a disease relegated to medical school lectures.

But ever since the u-s eradicated it back in 2000, it's been popping up on diagnostic charts more and more across the country.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control announced a record number of 288 confirmed cases, easily the most in this millennium. And it is only May.

How much of this increase is because of the anti-vaccine crowd, the people who say these life-saving vaccines cause autism?

"If you're a parent thinking this disease is gone, and you don't have to worry about it, and you don't need to get your children vaccinated, please get them vaccinated, because the disease can be serious," says Dr. Anne Schuchat, director for National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC.

For more of our interview with Dr. Anne Schuchat, check out the video above.

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