Quantifying child mortality reductions related to measles vaccination.
Jeremy D Goldhaber-Fiebert, Marc Lipsitch, Ajay Mahal, Alan M Zaslavsky, Joshua A Salomon
PLoS One | Published : 2010
BACKGROUND: This study characterizes the historical relationship between coverage of measles containing vaccines (MCV) and mortality in children under 5 years, with a view toward ongoing global efforts to reduce child mortality. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using country-level, longitudinal panel data, from 44 countries over the period 1960-2005, we analyzed the relationship between MCV coverage and measles mortality with (1) logistic regressions for no measles deaths in a country-year, and (2) linear regressions for the logarithm of the measles death rate. All regressions allowed a flexible, non-linear relationship between coverage and mortality. Covariates included birth rate, death rat..View full abstract