This study has been published at about the same time that Donald A. Henderson, chair of America's National Vaccine Advisory Committee to the US Department of Health and Human Services, admitted that the measles outbreaks flashing all over the US may be an indicator that the nation's entire vaccine programme is not working.
"The appearance of measles is a sensitive indicator of the inadequacies of our vaccination system," he said. "It raises the spectre of whether we might expect, further down the line, outbreaks of polio (should it be imported), pertussis and diphtheria."Thus far, in l990, there have been 90 deaths from measles in the States. The committee expects some 25,000 to 30,000 cases of measles this year. One-fifth of those cases are attributed to vaccine failure.