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Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology, Microbiology and immunology

Measles-Induced Immune Amnesia

The measles vaccine has been around, in one form or another, for over 50 years. Ever since its introduction, we’ve seen a striking reduction in childhood morbidity and mortality – by as much as 90 percent in impoverished populations (1), but the revolutionary effects aren’t limited to developing countries. Even in the United States, it’s estimated that the first 20 years of measles vaccination prevented 52 million cases and over 5,000 deaths, saving the healthcare system about US$5 billion (2). But the benefits of the vaccine aren’t fully explained by its prevention of measles infections – so what accounts for the profound effect of measles vaccination on children’s health?

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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