I have just read the fourth editorial in today's BMJ (1) on measles
immunisation, and was interested to learn that "the vaccine itself may
reduce mortality from conditions other than measles."
I have read the rest of the article and it is not clear whether the
reduction in mortality is from:
a) all conditions other than measles
b) all infective conditions other than measles
c) specific infective conditions other than measles
d) specific non-infective conditions other than measles
Although I work as a hospital specialist, I enjoy the BMJ as a
generalist as it is a great help in keeping my knowledge-base broad.
Perhaps your contributor could have been more specific for the sake of
those readers who do not have the time to seek out all the articles by
Aaby and his numerous co-workers.
Essex SS0 0RY
1 Shann F, A little bit of measles does you good. BMJ 1999;319:4-5
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