December 13, 1965

Current Status of Measles Immunization

JAMA. 1965;194(11):1237-1238. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090240071020

Exposure to measles is almost certain and the risk of complications is great. In those areas of the world where vaccination has been carried out extensively, a great saving of lives and a reduction in disabilities have resulted. However, measles vaccines have not been used widely enough in the United States to change significantly the national morbidity rate. In this report, the Council on Drugs reviews the various agents that are currently available for active and passive immunization against this common disease.