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Measles again on a rampage.


Reports of measles epidemics on college campuses have been frequent in recent years. In this year alone, measles cases throughout the U.S. have doubled compared to the same period last year, with 20 deaths resulting from the disease.

It thus appears that the anticipated lifelong protection we hoped would be provided by a single injection of measles vaccine has not yet been attained. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now advising a series of two injections. Adults who have had only one injection of measles vaccine and are exposed to measles or are traveling abroad should have a second injection. This does not apply, however, to those who are known to have had an actual case ofmeasles in the past; having already had the disease does provide lifelong immunity. Measles is not an innocuous "childhood" disease. Its complications can be severe, and when it occurs in population groups that have had little exposure to it in the past, it can be deadly.
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Date:Dec 1, 1989
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