Measles Outbreak in Antwerp, Belgium: 2007–2008

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
April 2011 – Volume 30 – Issue 4     ges/currenttoc.aspx

Brief Reports
Lessons Learned From A Measles Outbreak in Antwerp, Belgium: 2007–2008
Asnong, Carine; Van Herck, Koen; Lernout, Tinne; Theeten, Heidi; Van Damme, Pierre
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 30(4):343-345, April 2011.
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181fbf5b7

A 2007 to 2008 measles outbreak in Antwerp, Belgium, identified the orthodox Jewish communities as a new risk group. This study analyzes vaccination data of 949 school children of 4 belief systems to assess the completeness and timeliness of their measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. Orthodox Jewish children show a 4-fold lower chance of complete vaccination, a delayed start, and increased temporal spacing of childhood vaccinations. Not only belief issues but difficulties to access the regular vaccination program also seem to be the main reason.