(NEW YORK) -- On the 50th anniversary of the measles vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published an article in JAMA Pediatrics updating the effort to completely eradicate the disease.
CDC director Tom Frieden appeared at a briefing on Thursday, where he said measles has been effectively eliminated in the United States thanks to an effective, a three-pronged measles control program using vaccines.
"First dose coverage has to be early, high and sustained. You have to get that first dose in," Frieden said. "The second is that everyone needs a second dose and this is something we learned with time. And third is that surveillance has to include rigorous laboratory confirmation and genetic analysis to identify the trends which which measles is spreading."
According to Frieden, the danger of measles outbreaks remains, but the elimination of measles has gone a long way toward eliminating childhood disease deaths.
"The disease is remarkably infectious but the vaccine is remarkably effective," Frieden said. "And that tells us that we can continue to make substantial conditional progress."
According to Frieden, measles has been eliminated in the U.S. for ten years.
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