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50 years on, vaccines have eliminated measles from the Americas

Excerpt from the April 13, 1968 issue of Science News

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3:00pm, April 10, 2018
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GET PROTECTED  Campaigns to vaccinate all kids, even ones in rural or hard-to-reach communities, have transformed measles from a common childhood illness to an unusual diagnosis.

Mexico takes vaccine to hinterland

The campaign to eradicate measles in Mexico is going into the hinterland areas. Mobile brigades will use live virus vaccine produced in laboratories of the Republic’s Department of Health. Measles kills 10,000 Mexican children a year. — Science News, April 13, 1968

Update 

The last measles case to originate in Mexico occurred in 1995. In 2016, the Pan American Health Organization declared that the Americas were measles-free, largely because of far-reaching vaccination campaigns. That year, 98 percent of Mexicans and 92 percent of Americans

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