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Highly effective, safe vaccines are available for eliminating measles in the United States. Collaborative efforts of professional and voluntary medical and public health organizations in vaccination programs have resulted in a dramatic reduction in the incidence of measles.
However, since 1969, a disturbing number of measles outbreaks have occurred, involving mostly unvaccinated and some improperly vaccinated children. The number of cases is increasing. A continuing effort to immunize all susceptible children and to reimmunize those now inadequately immunized is necessary if the goal of measles eradication is to be reached.
Measles is often a severe disease. It is frequently complicated
Measles Vaccines: Recommendation of the Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:101–104. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-1-101
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(1):101-104.
Infectious Disease, Prevention/Screening, Vaccines/Immunization.
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