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Benefits Due to Immunization against Measles

Norman W. Axnick, Steven M. Shavell and John J. Witte
Public Health Reports (1896-1970)
Vol. 84, No. 8 (Aug., 1969), pp. 673-680
DOI: 10.2307/4593651
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4593651
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Benefits Due to Immunization against Measles
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Abstract

The immunization effort against measles in the United States was initiated in 1963. It has resulted in a sharp decrease in incidence of the disease--from 4 million cases in 1963 to one quarter of a million cases in 1968--and in associated costs. A study by researchers of the National Communicable Disease Center shows that during the years 1963 through 1968 the immunization effort is estimated to have averted 9.7 million acute cases of measles and 3,244 cases of mental retardation. It also is estimated to have saved 973 lives, 555,000 hospital days, 291,000 years of normal life, more than 1.6 million workdays, 32 million schooldays, and $423 million. About nine-tenths of the savings in each of these categories has been realized in the last 3 years--the period of intensive national effort to eradicate measles.

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