When the measles vaccine was first introduced, childhood deaths from all infectious diseases dropped suddenly. And now, we might know why.
Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine
“Back in the 1960s, the U.S. started vaccinating kids for measles. As expected, children stopped getting measles. But something else happened. Childhood deaths from all infectious diseases plummeted. Even deaths from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea were cut by half.”
Long-term measles-induced immunomodulation increases overall childhood infectious disease mortality
“Immunosuppression after measles is known to predispose people to opportunistic infections for a period of several weeks to months. Using population-level data, we show that measles has a more prolonged effect on host resistance, extending over 2 to 3 years.”
Half of Measles Patients Unvaccinated, Most Willingly
“Half of those who contracted measles over the past 15 years were unvaccinated, and in most of those cases the patient (or their legal guardian) refused the vaccination, reports a new study published online earlier this week by the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association.'”
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