Measles immunity gaps and the progress towards elimination: a multi-country modelling analysis
This modelling analysis found that susceptibility to measles was 3% in the UK. Reviewing vaccination history of school leavers and offering vaccination at time of school leaving was suggested as a convenient strategy for filling immunity gaps among adolescents and young adults.
This article follows the history of measles to explore immunization successes and challenges in this modern era, because measles was the first of the mild and moderate diseases to become the target of a federally supported eradication-through-vaccination campaign, one that relied heavily on the preemptive, required vaccination of children. Its story thus epitomizes the range of political, epidemiological, cultural, and communications challenges to mass immunization in the modern era of vaccination. PMID: 30763141 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Authors: Czajka H, Czajka S, Dyląg KA, Borek E, Kuchar E Abstract A worrying increase in the number of measles cases has been noted recently in Poland, which may have to do with a decreasing proportion of children vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in the second year of life (
Yet another outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease — this time measles in the Pacific Northwest — provides another reminder of the importance of getting children fully vaccinated, on schedule. Anti-vax or vaccine-skeptical parents are certainly not acting out of malevolence. They’re doing what they believe will protect their children’s health. But the fact is they’re achieving the opposite — potentially endangering their health. Those are the facts. Watch the video with TIME’s Editor-at-Large Jeffrey Kluger above to learn why.
Washington state lawmakers have advanced a measure that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles
Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health.
In New York state and Washington state, U.S. travelers picked up measles in foreign countries where the highly contagious disease was running rampant and brought it back to places where vaccination rates were too low by U.S. public health standards.
Simply telling people they are ignorant has failed. We need to find a better way to communicateAfter reading the news that cases of measles havesoared by 50% in the last year, I recalled the first time I heard an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory. It wasn ’t from a member of Donald Trump’s administration, or part of a frenetic, grammatically challengedFacebook post– it was from a classmate when I was at school. Her family wasn’t waging a crusade against medical science: they simply gave credence todisgraced former doctorAndrew Wakefield’s study that wrongly asserted a link between the MMR vac...
Darla Shine, the wife of White House communications director Bill Shine, said on Twitter that childhood diseases, such as measles, “keep you healthy &fight cancer.”
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In the midst of one of the largest worldwide measles outbreaks since the initiation of the measles vaccine, those with large social media platforms are spreading inaccurate medical information regarding the safety and efficacy of immunization.