May 9, 2019

The measles vaccine, moving forward

By Karl W Oestreich

KAAL

Measles is not a concern in Minnesota to date, but across the country, in 22 states the U.S. is experiencing the largest outbreak in 25 years.  "So to stop transmission of that disease, about 95 percent or more have to be immunized," said Dr. Greg Poland, the Director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group.  Dr. Poland shares that unlike any other virus, measles is the most contagious "human" disease recorded; being able to survive in the air for up to 8-hours.

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Context: All vaccines come with a risk of side effects. With that knowledge, Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group says, "We have to be very careful in discerning what's a true vaccine reaction and what isn't, and balance that against the benefit versus the risk — just like we do with the rest of life."

Serious complications from vaccines are rare. "We can't put together enough people who have had severe reactions to vaccines that have harmed their health or damaged them in some way to actually study it. They are that rare," says Dr. Poland. "Another way of saying that vaccines are that safe." You can read more about vaccine safety and watch an interview with Dr. Poland on Mayo Clinic News Network.

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