CDC: Eliminating Measles Worldwide - Transcript

Title: CDC: Eliminating Measles Worldwide

On-screen graphic: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Logo, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On-Screen visual: photograph of measles virus

James Goodson speaks: Measles infection is not just a basic runny nose. It’s actually a viral infection that impacts all organ systems of the body.

On-screen text: James Goodson, MPH, Chief Science Officer, Measles Incident Management System, Global Immunization Division, CDC

James Goodson speaks: It has serious complications; pneumonia, diarrhea, and can cause death.

On-screen text: Dr. Robert Linkins, MPH, PhD, Chief, Accelerated Disease Control and Prevention Branch, Global Immunization Division, CDC

Dr. Linkins speaks: In 2001, CDC joined with four other global partners: WHO, UNICEF, the American Red Cross and the UN Foundation, and created what we call the Measles and Rubella Initiative.

On Screen Text: World Health Organization: WHO, UNICEF, American Red Cross, UN Foundation, Measles and Rubella Initiative

On-Screen visual: Woman talking on Zoom to Dr. Linkins

Dr. Linkins speaks: Together, we estimate that we save somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 and a half million children from dying from measles.

On-Screen visual: James Goodson typing at computer

James Goodson speaks: Science is very important for what we do; basic epidemiology and outbreak investigations.
On-Screen visual: Photographs of scientists gathering data in various countries
Most of the outbreaks that we see are in countries where the immunization system is just not reaching everyone.
On-Screen visual: photographs of children getting vaccinations

Dr. Linkins speaks: The challenge we face is that every day we have to reach children who need to be vaccinated. Together we have to work towards the goal of never having a child die again from measles.

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Page last reviewed: March 9, 2021
Content source: Global Health