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Babies’ measles vaccinations urged

Date Posted: 2001-08-16

The number of patients in Okinawa suffering from measles reached 317 as of last month. Prefecture health officials say this is the third epidemic in the past ten years, and the number of patients does not yet show signs of declining.

According to a pediatrics doctor at the University of the Ryukyus hospital, this is unusual. To combat the disease, the university started the Measles Zero Project Committee in April, focusing on developing more effective medical treatment of measles patients. Pediatricians say everyone should be vaccinated. The recommended inoculation age against the measles is one year, but the actual age babies receive the vaccination varies greatly depending the prevalence of the disease at any given time, and can be given at one year old or younger.

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