Measles Vaccine Drive Aims to Protect 45 Million Children in Africa, Asia Measles Vaccine Drive Aims to Protect 45 Million Children in Africa, Asia

Up to 45 million children in seven developing countries will be immunized against measles in a series of major vaccination campaigns to try to halt a global surge in the viral disease, the GAVI vaccine alliance said on Wednesday.Reuters Health Information
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Levels of childhood immunizations against dangerous diseases such as measles, tetanus, and diphtheria have dropped alarmingly during the COVID-19 pandemic, putting millions of children at risk.Reuters Health Information
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The Measles virus (MeV) and Mumps virus (MuV) are highly contagious paramyxoviruses that can be transmitted by respiratory droplets from or on direct contact with an infected person. The resulting diseases can lead to serious complications or death among children. The existing vaccines for MeV and MuV are live attenuated virus vaccines which are administered in two subcutaneous doses at 1 year of age and as early as one month later. Two doses of a combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are 97% effective against measles and 88% against mumps. A single dose of a combination measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is 93% ...
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Measles was officially declared eradicated from the United States in 2000. Unfortunately, this status was temporary with measles outbreaks currently impacting multiple countries. In 2019, the World Health Organization listed vaccine hesitancy a top-ten global health threat.1 Ever since Edward Jenner developed the world ’s first successful smallpox injection, vocal segments of the population have resisted vaccines. Two original themes of the 1800’s persist among today’s anti-vaccine advocates: misguided perception that vaccines cause more harm than the diseases they prevent and the association of mandatory...
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Three months. That’s as long as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, is willing to wait to get a vaccine candidate against the latest coronavirus that he can start testing in people. Since the virus was identified for the first time in people who fell ill with pneumonia-like symptoms in Wuhan, China, last December, the World Health Organization has declared this coronavirus outbreak, named 2019n-CoV, a public health emergency of international concern. In just over a month, more 11,000 people have tested positive for the virus in...
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