February 6, 2015 |Project Tycho® Provides Evidence for Measles Vaccination


As the measles outbreak is spreading in the US, currently affecting over 100 people in 14 states, the dialogue on vaccination has intensified. Health officials testified in a Congressional hearing on vaccine effectiveness and safety and the debate has spread widely among the public. The Project Tycho database provides scientific evidence on measles and 57 other infectious diseases across the U.S. since the late 1800s.

Project Tycho data has been used extensively for better insight in infectious disease patterns in the US and provides support to media and scientists to advance the use of public health data for decisions. The project has been featured recently in a variety of media including Bloomberg Business, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and KDKA and WPTS Pittsburgh Radio. Project Tycho previously demonstrated that 36 million cases of measles have been prevented since the vaccine was licensed in 1963 and over 100 million cases of 7 childhood diseases have been prevented in the US since 1924 (NEJM 2013). The Project Tycho team continues to investigate the resurgence of childhood diseases in the US and the role of vaccination.

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The Project Tycho® database is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health

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