Measles vaccine marks 50th anniversary World sets sight on measles, rubella elimination this decade

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Will measles and rubella be eliminated in this decade?

The Measles & Rubella Initiative Special Achievement Awards honored two AAP members who have helped the world make strides in measles and rubella elimination. Louis Z. Cooper, M.D., FAAP, (left), served as AAP president in 2001-’02 and is AAP liaison to the International Pediatric Association. He created the Rubella Project in New York in the 1960s, studied and defined the clinical features and long-term health impact of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, and advocated for families. Samuel L. Katz, M.D., FAAP, worked in the laboratory of John Enders, Ph.D., and co-invented the measles vaccine that was licensed in 1963. He helped prioritize immunization for children abroad and in the United States as chair of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, among many other groups.

Alcibíades Batista González‘s insight:

Introducir las vacunas en todos los países, alcanzar y mantener altas tasas de vacunación, acceso universal y equitativo a las vacunas… Sí es posible alcanzar la meta.

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