“We’ve got to finish the job,” Dr. Cooper said in an article published in the AAP’s June newsmagazine. “We have to make the case to the broad public and the political leaders of what an important contribution to economic and global security to find the few extra dollars that we’re missing.”
“Traveling through Africa in 2000 to assess the needs and begin to devise a plan, I was shocked to see every hospital had an entire ward for children with serious measles complications. Large numbers of beds were crowded into small areas occupied by children in their last phase of life.”
It’s been just over a year since a large measles outbreak began in Auckland, New Zealand. The outbreak was originally traced to a young purposely unimmunized traveler returning from the United Kingdom. Unfortunately this case was not diagnosed or notified on suspicion. The case subsequently attended school, which had low immunization coverage, and infected several people sparking an outbreak of well over 500 cases.