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The re-emergency and persistence of vaccine preventable diseases

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The introduction of vaccination worldwide dramatically reduced the incidence of pathogenic bacterial and viral diseases. Despite the highly successful vaccination strategies, the number of cases among vaccine preventable diseases has increased in the last decade and several of those diseases are still endemic in different countries. Here we discuss some epidemiological aspects and possible arguments that may explain why ancient diseases such as, measles, polio, pertussis, diphtheria and tuberculosis are still with us.




Borba, R. C. N., Vidal, V. M., & Moreira, L. de O. (2015). The re-emergency and persistence of vaccine preventable diseases. Anais Da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias, 87(2), 1311–1322.

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