A Moral Imperative to Eradicate Measles, Rubella

A Moral Imperative to Eradicate Measles, Rubella Published in Health Progress January-February 2017 issue Copyright © 2017 by the Catholic Health Association of the United States By: Erin Archer Kelser, RN, CIC A Moral Imperative to Eradicate Measles Rubella (image by Lorraine Tuson) On Sept. 27, 2016, the Pan American Health Organization — the World Health Organization’s Americas branch — announced that measles had been eliminated in the region. It was exciting news! PAHO is the first WHO region to accomplish the task, a triumphant sequel to its 2015 announcement that, thanks to widespread vaccination, rubella (along with congenital rubella syndrome) had been eliminated in the Americas.1 To declare a disease “eliminated” means that, for more than one year, any outbreaks were started by people infected abroad, not from continuous transmission within the region. But unless a disease is “eradicated” worldwide, outbreaks will continue to crisscross the globe. Smallpox was […]

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