Incidence of Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, and Rubella
(MMPR): The rates of MMPR fluctuate yearly
in Hawai'i, primarily because the total number of cases
for each is very small.
Hawai`i vs. United States: Hawai'i's rate of measles and mumps is often above the
U.S. rate. However, in recent years, Hawai'i's rate and the U.S. rate have been very close in range.
Prevention of Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, and
Rubella: Disability and death from MMPR can
be largely prevented by following the recommended schedule
of immunizations for children and adults. This schedule
includes two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
vaccine and five doses of the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus,
high levels of immunity in our community through high
vaccine coverage levels is essential to limit spread
from imported cases and to prevent these diseases from
again becoming endemic.
Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, and Tetanus Cases:
There have been no reported cases of diphtheria or poliomyelitis
in Hawai'i since 1987, and one reported case of
tetanus in 2002.