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    Thanks, Vaccines! Measles Vaccine May Reduce Deaths From Other Diseases

    The measles vaccine is generally considered to be one of public health’s great success stories; just over a century ago, in 1920, more than 7,500 Americans died from measles, but within the past 10 years, not one person has died from the disease. According to a study published today in Science, the measles vaccine has done more than protect against measles--it has made patients more resistant to a number of opportunistic diseases, such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, and sepsis.

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    Let me ask a loaded question:

    How was TB treated prior to 1960?

    Last edited by presence; 05-08-2015 at 11:09 AM.

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    Before antibiotics, you mean?

    From your link:
    During the pre-clinical era treatment consisted of the use of special diets, bed rest in sanatoria, and lung collapse therapy. The case fatality rate 5 years after diagnosis was 50% and treatment in a sanatorium was expensive and available only to the privileged few
    Not that it has anything to do with measles, but you asked.
    Last edited by angelatc; 05-08-2015 at 01:28 PM.

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