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Center presents five posters and two plenaries at MIDAS Network meeting

FRED measles poster

The University of Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence is one of three such centers in the MIDAS Network. The centers, Research Groups, and Informatics Service Group convened in Atlanta last month for an all-grantees meeting. Our center contributed five posters, two plenaries, and an invited guest to the scientific program.

Drs. Mary G. Krauland, John J. Grefenstette, and Donald S. Burke prepared a poster presentation of the study varying vaccination rates in counties in Western Pennsylvania. The purpose was to examine the potential effect of areas of low vaccination rates on neighboring regions with higher vaccination rates. For the poster, "Modeling the Effects of Low Measles Vaccination Rates on Neighboring Geographic Areas," investigators varied vaccination rates in counties in Western Pennsylvania to examine the potential effect of areas of low vaccination rates on neighboring regions with higher vaccination rates.

Study results indicate that the risk is not confined to the area with low vaccination coverage, and helps to quantify the risk to surrounding communities. The authors observe that low rates of vaccination have implications for the general public as well as for those who refuse vaccination or those living in regions of low vaccination coverage, since vaccination fails to generate immunity in a small proportion of those vaccinated and some members of the population will either be too young to be vaccinated or will not be vaccinated for medical reasons.

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