Today’s Infectious Disease News (9/27/19)

US At Risk of Losing WHO Measles Eliminaton Status

After a decades-long public health campaign, the United States officially eliminated measles in 2000. Next month, the US could lose its WHO measles elimination status after 3 straight years of declining vaccination rates. As of 2017-2018, the country has fallen below the threshold for herd immunity: 95 percent. Because vaccination rates among kindergartners dropped below this threshold, infants and other people who cannot receive the vaccine are at greater risk of contracting measles.

Full Story: New York Times

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