Effect of Measles Vaccination on Incidence of Measles in the Community

Ian Sutherland, P. M. Fayers

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A study of the effect of measles vaccination on the incidence of the disease in eight separate areas of England and Wales was begun in 1966. It showed an inverse association between the proportion of children vaccinated and the incidence of measles in the area in the following year, but measles epidemics occurred in several of the areas in subsequent years, despite continuing vaccinations. Measles vaccination was introduced on a large scale in Britain in 1968. Analysis of the notification and vaccination statistics shows that the vaccination of about 10% of the child population (under 15 years) in 1968 sufficed to “replace” the measles epidemic which had been expected in the period October 1968 to September 1959 by a low incidence of the disease, typical of that in previous “interepidemic” years. Further, the effect of the vaccinations was to prevent the develop.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-702
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Issue number5751
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 1971


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