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Measles or its vaccine: the parents' choice
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|Title: ||Measles or its vaccine: the parents' choice|
|Publisher: ||Eastern Health Board (EHB)|
|Issue Date: ||1986 |
|Description: ||The development of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases is a
cornerstone in the history of preventive medicine.
As new vaccines became available, they were introduced into the
many countries around the world at differing times and in various
ways. Some countries sought eradication of the relevant disease,
others merely sought its control.
Measles vaccines were developed over 20 years ago. The vaccine
is now in common use on most parts of the planet. Some areas
have been made virtually measles-free over the last decade.
Although measles vaccine has been available (at a price) in this
country since 1969, little use has been made of it until
recently. A measles epidemic swept Ireland from coast to coast
in the winter of 1984-85.
A Measles Eradication Programme for Ireland free of charge, had
been planned to begin in October of 1985. Parental appreciation
of the risks of natural infection versus the value and safety of
the vaccine play a crucial role in determining the success of
such voluntary vaccination programmes. Therefore, the author
decided to determine an answer to the question "measles or its
vaccine - the parents choice prior to October 1985, as the
information gleaned would be of practical value in guiding the
strategy of eradication of the disease from our shores.|
|Keywords: ||PUBLIC HEALTH|
|Appears in Collections: ||EHB Publications|
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