"Successes/Challenges w/Imm. Program"
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|Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:29pm|
Most childhood diseases have seen dramatic drops in the last 10 years.
...In 1990, there were 28,000 cases of measles in the United States; last year, there were 37. Mumps went down from 4,866 cases in 1988 to 238 in 2002, and rubella went from 225 cases to 14 in the same interval...
Although varicella vaccine coverage is only 76%, the vaccine has still produced remarkable results. “I think one of the most rewarding achievements is the decrease in varicella deaths, particularly in individuals younger than 20 years of age, where the major focus of immunization is; to a lesser extent in 20- to 49-year-olds, probably as a result of herd immunity being induced by vaccination, and to the least extent, persons 50 and above; but nevertheless an apparent reduction...."
Entire article here: http://www.idinchildren.com/200304/program.asp