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The first case of measles in two years has hit Nassau, the county health department said.

It's amazing, to me, the great strides in the eradication of disease that have been made in the past century, since the introduction of vaccinations for many childhood diseases. According to the CDC, on average, over half a million cases of the measles were reported every year between 1958 and 1962. Now, individual cases make the news.

The CDC page gives similar statistics for a host of diseases: smallpox, diphtheria, polio, mumps, rubella, and more. All of these have been crushed by vaccinations, with smallpox and polio being virtually eradicated. These are great, and underappreciated, achievements for which those responsible should be justly proud.

- Tom | permalink | changelog | Last updated: 2003-04-13 10:41

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