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Special Event - Measles Symposium - February 9, 2015

Measles Rises Again:
The Science and Policy of a Preventable Outbreak

Monday, February 9, 2015
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sommer Hall, E2014
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

View the archived videos here


Measles Cell

By 2000, measles was all but eliminated in the United States. But as the severity of the disease became a more distant memory, an increasing number of parents have been opting not to vaccinate their kids. The current measles outbreak, which started spreading at Disneyland in late-December, has now sickened more than 100 people in 7 states, most of whom had not been vaccinated and measles cases have also occurred in at least 7 other states. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health convened world experts on measles, vaccine safety and vaccine acceptance to discuss how the virus has re-emerged and what can be done to reverse the tide.

Among the speakers were retired U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser and several experts right here at the Bloomberg School, including Neal Halsey, Daniel Salmon, Diane Griffin and Josh Sharfstein.

Registration began at 8:30 a.m., with the program running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For those who couldn’t attend in person, we have posted archived videos here.


Speakers discussed the history of measles, the efficacy of the vaccine, barriers to implementation and the public health impact of the current outbreak.

Follow this important conversation on Twitter @JohnsHopkinsSPH #measles2015.

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