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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