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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Apr;30(4):343-5. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181fbf5b7.

Lessons learned from a measles outbreak in Antwerp, Belgium 2007-2008.

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  • 1School Health Center of the Province of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.


A 2007 to 2008 measles outbreak in Antwerp, Belgium, identified the orthodox Jewish communities as a new risk group. This study analyzes vaccination data of 949 school children of 4 belief systems to assess the completeness and timeliness of their measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. Orthodox Jewish children show a 4-fold lower chance of complete vaccination, a delayed start, and increased temporal spacing of childhood vaccinations. Not only belief issues but difficulties to access the regular vaccination program also seem to be the main reason.

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