A very important and excellent article was published two days ago, by Medical Observer. This article needs to be shared far and wide: and, to assist in the dissemination of this important public health message, Medical Observer have by-passed the usual log-in requirements for access to their articles. Kudos!
The full article can be accessed here: Measles, mumps and rubella infections
Here is the intro:
This Update examines the incidence, mortality and prevention of measles, mumps and rubella.
Professor Dominic Fitzgerald, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Paediatric respiratory and sleep physician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW.
AT ANY age, the viral infections of measles, mumps and rubella can cause severe and sometimes fatal illness, especially if contracted in utero.
Immunisations are among the most cost-effective public health strategies implemented. The safety and efficacy of immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) is widely accepted. The introduction of the MMR vaccine has saved many lives in both the developing and developed world.
While some challenges for delivery and implementation of vaccine programs to the poorest of nations remain, medical and nursing clinicians in Australia face the First World problems of convincing a vocal minority of concerned but usually ill-informed parents about the importance of the MMR vaccine for their children.
Please view the whole article. Enjoy, and please share widely.