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Expert comment: Address gaps in services, care access and vaccination to prevent further measles deaths

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), with contributions from LSHTM, outlines the current global status of measles vaccination and burden.
A doctor prepares a dose of measles vaccine for a young child. Photo credit: Louis Leeson / LSHTM

Alyssa Sbarra, an LSHTM Research Degree Student and CMMID member, is the co-author of a new WHO and CDC "Progress Toward Regional Measles Elimination" report. 

She comments on the report's latest findings, which show that, despite the availability of a highly effective vaccine and targeted global policy, measles has persisted for decades.

The study outlines the current global status of measles vaccination and burden and calls for dramatic increases in vaccination coverage and boosts in case-based surveillance systems to help reclaim lost progress towards measles elimination.

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