Back to basics: the miracle and tragedy of measles vaccine

Source: The Lancet, 381 (9876) pp. 1433–1434

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: Comment

In a nutshell: As we herald progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and strive to meet them, we have an approaching public health target that is sometimes forgotten. The global community has resolved to reduce measles deaths by 95% by 2015, and five of the six WHO regions plan to eliminate measles within this decade. The current outbreak of measles in Swansea, UK, is tragic in many ways, with hundreds of ill children, health staff stretched and working overtime to care for patients and trace contacts, the need for emergency vaccination clinics, and the spectre of death from measles…

Length of publication: 2-page article

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