I’ve had some people not as interested as me ask why I am so rustled by this book. It’s because in 2005, Australia came the closest it’s ever been to eliminating this dreadful disease. We had 10 notified cases of measles in 2005. 10! In a country which at that time had a population of 20 million! That equates to 0.5 cases per 1 million people.

A fantastic result which was undone by an endemic outbreak in 2006, of which more than 50% of cases (54% to be exact) were the result of a unvaccinated person having gone overseas, bringing the disease back.

The 2002 measles serosurvey conducted by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS) estimated that 94% of the Australian population was immune to measles.

94% of the population! We were almost there!! Measles is theoretically one of the few viruses we…

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About kill3rtcell

I'm in my third year of a PhD studying how cells of the immune systems respond and develop to different invaders, and how they form memory. In 2011 I received first class honours in Immunology, and the year before completed a Bachelor of Science, with majors in Immunology and Microbiology, and minors in molecular biology and biochemistry. I love learning about the systems the body uses to protect us from disease, and explaining concepts. I'm hoping to share the appreciation that comes from understanding the immune system by explaining in easy, accessible language some of the basics of its function.
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