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February 6, 2019


IDSA Measles Resources Available Online

The declaration of a public health emergency in the state of Washington in January 2019, after confirmation of 26 measles cases there, follows a report in December 2018 showing steep climbs and severe outbreaks of the virus worldwide. The spread of measles reflects stalled vaccination coverage, continued vaccine avoidance, and the need for intensive community education on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

Measles poses significant threats to public health and to vulnerable populations, including young children, elderly individuals, and those with weakened immune systems. IDSA recommends strong immunization requirements regarding all CDC-approved vaccines with exemptions provided only in cases of medicalcontraindication.

In addition to the new Vaccine Advocacy Tool-Kit for members who would like to advocate for evidence-based vaccine policy at the state and local level, IDSA has also compiled measles resources on our website, including CDC alerts, articles from our journals, and IDSA statements.

IDSA will continue to promote increased awareness of the critical role that vaccines play in public health and urge the federal government to close vaccine coverage gaps and ensure access to essential health services that include vaccinations.

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