The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 399–403

Measles in India, a neglected problem

  • T. Jacob John
Editorial Symposium: Infections Disease

DOI: 10.1007/BF02753381

Cite this article as:
John, T.J. Indian J Pediatr (1983) 50: 399. doi:10.1007/BF02753381


It is extimated that about 21 million preschool children acquire measles virus infection and 16 million develop clinical measles, annually, in India. Casefatality rate vary from 1 to 16 percent, depending upon the availability of health care and the nutritional status. Nearly 10 percent of preschool mortality is caused by measles. It is estimated that 200,000 children die annually in India due to measles or its complications. Measles vaccine is effective and safe, and is urgently needed in India. There is no justification for not including measles immunisation in the Expanded Programme on Immunisation in India. Measles vaccine should be made available, free of cost, to every child, as a first step towards its control.

Key words

complications of measles expanded programme on immunisation measles measles vaccine 

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Jacob John
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of VirologyChristian Medical College HospitalVellore, Tamil Nadu

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