Measles is an extremely contagious virus that has virtually been eliminated from the United States since the 1990’s due to broad-ranging immunization of children throughout the country. Now, with the desire to avoid immunizations for their children, we are seeing a resurgence of this illness.
To understand the history of this disease and to get a superb perspective on the disease and the current issues with vaccination, read here about Dr. Samuel Katz, one of the original three researchers who pioneered the work that brought the vaccine to the public.
Currently an Emeritus Pediatric Professor at Duke University Medical Center, you can hear him talk directly in a short interview. He is an amazing and humble researcher who has had a profound effect on the health of children in the US and in the world, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worlwide, and some estimate, preventing more than 1 trillion dollars in health expenses due to prevention of illness.