Study: Measles vaccine protects against other illnesses

During February of last year, a study was published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health showing that the measles vaccine has beneficial effects beyond direct prevention of the disease itself.

Researchers tested nearly 40,000 children in Ghana, West Africa who were administered the measles vaccine and concluded that the all-cause mortality is dramatically lower in children who received measles vaccinations after being given a regimen of the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP) vaccine.

For the purposes of the study and in the context of the region, all-cause mortality is described by scientists as death by any cause. Illnesses such as measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and poliomyelitis are considered killer diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Fox News also reported about a similar study that was published three years ago and Dr. Manny Alvarez was interviewed for the segment.