What was the magnitude of the resurgence of measles from 1989 to 1991?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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From 1989 to 1991, a major resurgence occurred, affecting primarily unvaccinated preschoolers. This measles resurgence resulted in 55,000 cases and 130 deaths [17] and prompted the recommendation that a second dose of measles vaccine be given to preschoolers in a mass vaccination campaign that led to the effective elimination in the United States of endemic transmission of the measles virus. [18]


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