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Colleges are prime turf for measles

In this image, a sign posted next to an elevator reads: "If you have a fever and a rash, or have been exposed to the measles, do not enter.'
A sign warns people of measles in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Health officials say that college students' close quarters, and their status as the age group least likely to be vaccinated, leave their campuses vulnerable as breeding grounds for the current measles outbreak, the L.A. Times reports.

Why it matters: People in this age group were "infants in 1998 when British scientist Andrew Wakefield published a now discredited paper claiming that vaccines cause autism," leaving a large pool of people in their early 20s, part of what's known as the 'Wakefield generation,' more vulnerable to infections.

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