CDC/ACIP [to 4 May 2019]


CDC/ACIP [to 4 May 2019]
Monday, April 29, 2019
CDC Telebriefing: National Update on Measles Transcript
HHS SECRETARY ALEX AZAR: …This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of national infant immunization week.  When this observance was established in 1994, health departments and immunization programs were facing significant challenges.  The nation was in the midst of a serious measles outbreak and communities across the United States were seeing decreasing immunizations rates among children.  Today, the overwhelming majority of parents choose to protect their kids with vaccines.  However, we’re very concerned about the recent troubling rise in cases of measles, which was declared eliminated from our country in 2000.  Today, CDC is reporting 704 cases of measles from 22 states.  This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated.  While most parents are getting their children vaccinated, the vast majority of cases involve children who have not been accivnated.  Everyone should be vaccinated against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases…

Monday, April 29, 2019
CDC Media Statement from Dr. Redfield on National Infant Immunization Week, Safety and Effectiveness of Vaccines
As CDC Director and as a physician, I have and continue to wholeheartedly advocate for infant immunization.  More importantly, as a father and grandfather I have ensured all of my children and grandchildren are vaccinated on the recommended schedule. Vaccines are safe. Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccine-preventable diseases are dangerous.

More than 94% of parents vaccinate their children to protect them from the harmful effects of measles and other vaccine- preventable diseases. CDC is working to reach the small percentage of vaccine-hesitant individuals so they too understand the importance of vaccines. It is imperative that we correct misinformation and reassure fearful parents so they protect their children from illnesses with long-lasting health impacts.  Roughly 1.3 percent, or 100,000 children, in this country under the age of two have not been vaccinated making them vulnerable to the current measles outbreak.

I call upon healthcare providers to encourage parents, and expectant parents, to vaccinate their children for their own protection and to avoid the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within their families and communities.  We must join together as a Nation to once again eliminate measles and prevent future disease outbreaks.

MMWR News Synopsis for Friday, May 3, 2019
Progress Toward Measles Elimination — European Region, 2009–2018
In the World Health Organization European Region, measles cases tripled from 2017 to 2018. Immunization programs need to vaccinate 95% of their populations to protect individuals and communities, stop measles outbreaks from occurring, and achieve elimination. A new report describes progress toward measles elimination in the European Region (EUR) during 2009-2018. After a low of 4,240 measles cases in 2016, measles cases tripled from 2017 to 2018 with 82,596 cases reported (37% among adults), including 179 deaths. Ukraine reported the highest number of measles cases in 2018 at 53,218. Other countries reporting large outbreaks in 2018 were France, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Italy, the Russian Federation, and Serbia. Several factors have caused this resurgence, including measles virus transmission in countries with weak immunization programs, an accumulation of susceptible young children in marginalized communities, prevalent anti-vaccine sentiment, and a growing population of young adults who had not received measles vaccine.