Win-win for earlier MMRV vax

Australia’s move to give MMR vaccine earlier and in combination with varicella has paid off, with increased vaccine coverage and earlier protection against measles, a study has shown.

Bringing forward the second dose of MMR from four years of age to 18 months after 2013 was also achieved without a feared increase in febrile seizures with the MMRV vaccine, according to a review by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.

In an analysis of data from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register the researchers showed that the number of children immunised with

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