October 8, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Analysis of measles vaccination coverage data in the United States indicated that one in eight children and adolescents are at risk for measles infection, making the entire population vulnerable to widespread outbreaks, according to a presentation at IDWeek 2015.
“I think it’s important to point out that these results are not either totally alarming nor totally reassuring,” researcher Robert Bednarczyk, PhD, of the departments of global health and epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “Right now, we are seeing measles immunity levels that are sufficient to prevent sustained transmission, just as we have since 2000. But, the buffer that we have before we reach insufficient immunity levels is not very large, and we need to not get complacent. All children who are medically able to receive measles vaccine should be vaccinated at the recommended schedule.”