Public Health Grand Rounds: Working to Eliminate Measles Around the Globe.

We hope that you will join us the next session of Public Health Grand Rounds, titled “Working to Eliminate Measles Around the Globe.” This session will be available via live webcast from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, June 16, at 1 p.m. (EDT) at Please note that the webcast link is only active during the date and time of the session, but all sessions are archived for future viewing.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can cause serious health complications. About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized and globally 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care. Worldwide, an estimated 20 million people get measles and 146,000 people, mostly children, die from the disease each year. Yet measles can be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine.

Due to a highly effective vaccination program, measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. However, in the past 5 years, global progress towards measles elimination has slowed and in some regions gains have been lost. Recent outbreaks show how easily measles can be brought into the U.S. and other parts of the Americas by un-vaccinated travelers who contract the virus while in other regions of the world. Progress can continue and measles elimination can be achieved, but it will require commitment from each country and support of efforts in all parts of the globe.

This session of Grand Rounds will discuss the ways in which increased focus on field and laboratory surveillance, innovative vaccination solutions and investment of resources can accelerate progress towards the elimination of measles worldwide

To view the live webcast, there is no need to register. Simply visit the Public Health Grand Rounds website on the date and time of the session and click on the appropriate webcast link. This is a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to stay abreast of current public health issues and receive continuing education credits for participation. Future Grand Rounds topics include an encore presentation of “Climate Change and Health – From Science to Practice,” “Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness” and “Preventing Suicide in the US: Opportunities and Challenges.”

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Event Information:

CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:
“Working to Eliminate Measles Around the Globe”
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EDT
Global Communications Center (Building 19)
Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium
Roybal Campus

Presented By:
James L. Goodson, MPH
Senior Measles Scientist, Accelerated Disease Control and VPD Surveillance Branch
Global Immunization Division
Center for Global Health, CDC
The Measles & Rubella Partnership and Partnerships for Elimination  

Paul A. Rota, PhD
Measles Team Lead, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Herpesviruses Laboratory Branch
Division of Viral Diseases
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
The Role of the Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network

Desiree Pastor, MD, MPH                                  
Regional Immunization Advisor, Pan American Health Organization
Regional Offices for the Americas, World Health Organization
The Elimination of Measles in the Americas 

Peter M. Strebel, MBChB, MPH
Accelerated Disease Control Leader, Expanded Programme on Immunization World Health Organization
Global Strategies to Eliminate Measles

Facilitated By:
John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

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