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Memo to John McCain.

April 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Science

MMR vaccination = GOOD.

The recent measles outbreak in San Diego—started by one child who imported the disease from Switzerland—reinforces the ongoing need to maintain high vaccination coverage, Dr. Jane Seward said at the winter meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

There’s good and bad news in the San Diego situation, Dr. Seward said. The bad news is that measles is highly infectious and still poses a threat, unimmunized people are still at risk, and many health care providers are not familiar enough with the disease to ensure appropriate infection-control practices in their offices. But on the upside, there were no cases in immunized children. “The wall of immunity held fast. … We need to remember we have an ongoing challenge to sustaining high vaccine coverage to maintain our current [measles] elimination status.”


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