Decline in measles vaccination is causing a preventable global resurgence of the disease

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States. Today, the US and many other countries are experiencing outbreaks of measles because of declines in measles vaccine coverage. Without renewed focus on vaccination efforts, the disease may rebound in full force, according to a commentary in NEJM by infectious diseases experts at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Penn State University College of Medicine's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
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AbstractMeasles outbreaks were recently reported in Europe due to low immunization rates. In this scenario, identifying the reasons of no vaccination is crucial to set up strategies to improve immunization rate. A cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate the determinants of missed vaccination in children living in Southern Italy, during the 2016 outbreak. A standardized face-to-face questionnaire was used to record demographic data, immunization status, and reasons for missed vaccination. A total of 1141 children (median age 86  months, male 47.2%) was enrolled, 77.8% of the children were adequately vaccinat...
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