Immunization Newsbriefs
Link to Main Page
About NNiiParentsHealthcare ProfessionalsPolicy MakersPressroomPartners
Resources: Newsbriefs
Read Current Issue Online
Search Newsbriefs Archives
Subscribe to Email Online
Unsubscribe from Email Online

Vaccine Info Database

Search the Site

Send Your Feedbck
Read Current NewsbriefsBack

Targeted Measles Immunization Program Could Sharply Cut Child Mortality
Agence France Presse;


According to a recent study in the June issue of Population and Development Review, vaccinating children in poor countries against measles can reduce their mortality rate by 50 percent. The study found that children from poor families in developing countries who did not receive vaccinations against measles were three times more likely to die before the age of five than unvaccinated children of the same age from wealthier backgrounds. The author of the study, Michael Koenig, an associate professor of population and health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says that in many countries vaccine coverage is as low as 50 percent, and that the majority of the unvaccinated children are from the most vulnerable economic and social groups. According to the World Health Organization, measles accounts for one-tenth of all deaths among children under the age of five.

© Copyright National Network for Immunization Information. The information contained in the National Network for Immunization Information Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your health care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your health care provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.