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A tale of two vaccines: yellow fever and measles

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Measles is resurgent in Europe Measles is resurgent in Europe and much of the rest of the world, meaning vaccination is vital

Yellow fever and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are both live vaccines used regularly in the pre-travel consultation. While the safety of MMR has been the subject of extensive global debate: resulting in a decrease in numbers vaccinated and an increase in confirmed measles and mumps being reported: yellow fever is consistently recommended to travellers without much thought to the consequences. The deaths of two travellers during the past 12 months, who had received yellow fever vaccine during their pre-travel consultation, has thrown the safety of yellow fever vaccine into sharp relief.


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