A new measles case report highlights the importance of maintaining high vaccination coverage in the community to help protect people with compromised immune systems from vaccine-preventable infections. There is a responsibility to vaccinate yourself to protect others, not only to protect yourself. : Health

The title of the post is a copy and paste from the second paragraph of the linked academic press release here:

A new report in Open Forum Infectious Diseases describes the man’s case, highlighting the importance of maintaining high vaccination coverage in the community to help protect people with compromised immune systems from measles and other vaccine-preventable infections. “Measles is not harmless, it’s a serious disease,” said the report’s lead author, Philipp Jent, MD, of Bern University Hospital and the University of Bern in Switzerland. “There is a responsibility to vaccinate yourself to protect others, not only to protect yourself.”

Journal Reference:

Philipp Jent, Mafalda Trippel, Manuel Frey, Alexander Pöllinger, Sabina Berezowska, Rupert Langer, Hansjakob Furrer, Charles Béguelin.

Fatal Measles Virus Infection After Rituximab-Containing Chemotherapy in a Previously Vaccinated Patient.

Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 2018; 5 (11)

DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofy244

Link: https://academic.oup.com/ofid/article/5/11/ofy244/5150422

Abstract

We report the case of a young patient treated with rituximab-containing chemotherapy who was infected with measles despite previous vaccination. Treatment with vitamin A, ribavirin, and immunoglobulins was started; nevertheless he developed severe pneumonitis and deceased. Broad vaccination coverage is crucial in protecting vulnerable subjects.

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