Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, October 26th, 1998
Finland now is seeing the fruits of a long-term vaccination program begun in 1982 with the goal of eliminating all of the MMR diseases - measles, mumps, and rubella. All children receive free MMR vaccinations twice, at the ages of 14-18 months and at 6 years.
"In 1997 there were only two cases of mumps and one case of rubella in the whole country, with a population of 5 million," said Heikki Peltola of Helsinki University, Finland. "Most likely our two-dose vaccination policy will eliminate both diseases in the near future."
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