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Do Immunizations Help Poor Children?

Michael A. Koenig, November 19, 2001.

The seminar dealt with the question of whether immunizations can bring about substantial reductions in overall mortality among poor children, or whether poor children saved from death from the disease against which they are immunized die anyway from another of the many health threats to which they are exposed. The question was explored through an analysis of data concerning measles immunizations in Bangladesh, led and presented by Mike Koenig of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. The results suggest that greatest benefits of measles vaccination in terms of reduction in child-hood mortality reduction occur among the poorest vaccinated children with almost no significant reduction in mortality among the better-off.

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