Epidemic Measles in a Divided City ("Texarkana")

Measles outbreak in a community on the border of two states — the Arkansas side with required school immunization and high immunization rates, the Texas side without required immunization and low immunized rates, 1970.

Objectives

•    Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using a sensitive and/or specific case definition in an epidemic investigation;

•    Calculate vaccine efficacy and discuss its interpretation; and

     •    Discuss the advantages and limitations of selecting a specific age as the recommended target date for administering vaccinations.

Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
United States
Year: 
1971
Author (s): 

 Philip Landrigan, Lyle Conrad and John Witte

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