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Medical News & Perspectives
May 26, 1999

Eradication Efforts Need Needle-Free Delivery

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JAMA. 1999;281(20):1879-1881. doi:10.1001/jama.281.20.1879-JMN0526-2-1

Bethesda, Md—When public health experts set out decades ago to rid the world of smallpox, they took aim at the deadly disease with a needle and syringe in mass vaccination campaigns. Today, as measles looms large in the crosshairs of upcoming eradication efforts, needle-and-syringe systems are viewed as woefully inadequate for worldwide immunization programs.