- Understand the historical context of the measles vaccination efforts
- Identify the signs and symptoms of measles
- Recognize the role of measles vaccination in reducing global rates of measles
Date: February 24, 2015
Dr. Peter Wenger
Clinical Associate Professor, Department Of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School
As public health officials have been working to curb the measles outbreak that in January 2015 at Disneyland, they have run into an unexpected challenge: Because measles was all but eliminated in the United States about 15 years ago, most younger physicians have never seen it. So now a generation of doctors is getting a crash course via a combination of methods, including informal workshops, emails, fliers and old college textbooks. Dr. Wenger will present the most important thing we need to know because measles is one of the most contagious viruses ever in the history of humanity, and it spreads very quickly, and it only takes a very brief contact to spread it.