thanks missie mack - i always like to know where the info is coming from. This fantastic evidence of the impact of immunisation programs - look at these numbers compared to today or even since the eradication plan was set in place.
I stand by what i said though, those numbers are irrelevant to my argument (even though i am grateful to you providing your source). The WHO page also explains Australias eradication plan.
The numbers I gave are evidence of just how serious this disease can be if left unchecked. It is now considered eradicated from Australia which is why the numbers are so low today - but the question is not how many people die today from measles, the question is what is the potential for this disease to kill or make you seriously ill IF you get it - the threat of risks associated from it remains UNCHANGED If vaccinations dropped then we would be back at square one.
It is often a severe disease and therefore immunisation efforts should be taken seriously - that is how they achieved such a strong drop - enough to claim it has been eradicated in our country.
Australia specific data is available here for anyone that is interested in the factshttp://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook-measles