Statement regarding rubella on verge of eradication
23 February 2002
Leading medical research charity Action Research today welcomed news that rubella was facing extinction in the States and Britain. (as published in the Journal of the American Medical Association)
The national UK charity, which led pioneering research into the disease and helped test the vaccine, said the report was ‘reassuring’.
Chief executive, Simon Moore, says: ‘It is particularly heartening to hear that the disease has almost been consigned to the history books in the year the charity is celebrating its anniversary, 50 years of touching lives through medical research.’
But he added that vaccination programmes can only remain effective when the take-up remains high.
‘As the disease is beaten into submission, people forget how serious rubella can be. Associated problems include deafness, blindness, congenital heart defects, mental retardation, cerebral palsy and bone abnormalities’, he says.
‘Many thousands of unnecessary deaths and cases of disability have been prevented by vaccination programmes. It’s important these programmes continue.’
Action Research recently published a detailed feature on our history with rubella in our magazine Research in Action. For a copy, or more information, please contact Nicole Duckworth in the press office on (01403) 327403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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