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Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that can lead to serious complications and death. During 2001-2008, a median of 56 measles cases were reported to CDC annually; during the first 19 weeks of 2011, 118 cases of measles were reported, the highest number reported for this period since 1996. Forty-seven (40%) patients were hospitalized and nine had pneumonia. All but one hospitalized patient were unvaccinated. Hospitalization rates were highest among infants and children aged <5 years (52%). The increased number of measles importations into the United States this year underscores the importance of vaccination to prevent measles and its complications.