Vaccines, Viruses

Measles Vaccine Effectiveness – Supportive Data

Author Stephen A. Berger, MD , 29-Apr-2019

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Where data are available, reported rates of measles are inversely related to vaccination coverage.  This observation is true for virtually every country … from Algeria to Zambia  – and is most evident as the percentage of vaccine coverage exceeds 80 percent.  The following charts are based on WHO statistics for measles incidence and estimates (rather than individual reports) of true vaccine coverage.  When groups of countries are compared, the disease rates are often numerically lower for countries with the highest vaccination coverage [1,2]. For example, the relatively low vaccine coverage for Africa is reflected in that region’s relatively high disease rate.  There is a decrease in fatal measles cases, which has paralleled increasing vaccine coverage.






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Stephen A. Berger, MD

Stephen A. Berger, M.D. is affiliated with the Tel Aviv Medical Center, where he has served as Director of both Geographic Medicine and Clinical Microbiology. He also holds an appointment as Emeritus Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tel-Aviv School of Medicine. Dr. Berger co-founded GIDEON Informatics, developers of the GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) web app, and the GIDEON series of ebooks.

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