The region's measles outbreak ended just in time as thousands upon thousands of children return to classrooms and young adults head to college. All it might have taken to turn this outbreak into an epidemic was another round of exposures with unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children gathered en masse. Given western Wisconsin residents' proximity to the Twin Cities — center of the outbreak — the good news as well as the renewed health warnings are just as important to them as they are to Minnesotans.
Back to school. Back to the routine. Back to the unpredictable, too — at least until things settle down. Young children's reactions often deny predictability or explanation. That's especially true when children get excited. Plenty of children are excited about heading to school, whether they're seeing friends again after the long summer, meeting a new teacher or entering elementary school for the first time. They dart into the road. They cut across the parking lot. Hop out of the car before it comes to a complete stop. They run around a corner and "disappear."