Infants become susceptible to measles earlier than thought

In countries that have eliminated or nearly eliminated measles, maternal antibodies against the virus have been found to protect infants for only first three months after birth and not six months as is commonly believed. This leaves infants vulnerable to infection for about nine months before the first dose of measles vaccine can be given. … Continue reading Infants become susceptible to measles earlier than thought

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What led to spread of measles for nearly a year in New York

Though measles vaccine coverage is high in the U.S., the reason why the two outbreaks in New York City and New York State lasted for almost a year boils down to gaps and disparities in vaccine coverage between communities. Nearly 20 years after being declared measles-free, on October 3, 2019, the United States escaped by … Continue reading What led to spread of measles for nearly a year in New York

Trump jolts science, gives anti-vax movement a booster dose

Anti-vax activists in the U.S. are already cheering. A presidential commission on vaccine safety (read a link between measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism) is setting the ground for further erosion of the merits of vaccination and instilling more fear and scepticism in the minds of the people. On January 10, the well-known vaccine denier Robert … Continue reading Trump jolts science, gives anti-vax movement a booster dose

Editorial: MMR vaccine & science fraud

Published in The Hindu on January 25, 2011 A 1998 paper linking a measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine with a ‘new syndrome’ of autism and bowel disease was retracted by The Lancet in February 2010. The retraction came after the U.K. General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Panel conducted a 217-day hearing and found Andrew … Continue reading Editorial: MMR vaccine & science fraud