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More measles outbreaks likely without national strategy: CMAJ

Written by: QMI AGENCY
May. 26, 2014

Measles outbreak in Alberta. Tom Braid/QMI Agency


A national strategy to prevent the spread of measles is needed if Canadians are to experience fewer outbreaks of the preventable disease, an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says.

"Though certain illnesses might respect geographic boundaries, measles will not remain within provincial borders, because it has such a high transmissibility. It must be managed and monitored with a national solution," author Dr. Gordon Giddings wrote.

"We must emphasize that there is absolutely no scientific controversy about the effectiveness or safety of childhood vaccines, particularly the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine," he said.

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He added there has been a significant fall in the number of parents vaccinating their children, in part because they believe "dangerous, incomplete information" on the Internet, which is a "haven for unsubstantiated anti-vaccine opinion."

"The simple fact is that low vaccination rates are contributing to preventable disease outbreaks," he wrote.

Unless there are more educational campaigns and a national strategy, "Canadians can expect to see more measles outbreaks."

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