OSU-Tulsa selected to hold trials for new measles vaccine

Thursday, January 13th 2005, 1:29 pm
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Clinical trials of a new measles vaccine will be conducted at Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

Doctor Stanley Grogg says the trials are the third phase of a four-phase national study to find a new measles vaccine.

Grogg says he hopes to have 30 children between the ages of 1-year and 18-months for the study.

He says the pharmaceutical company that makes the vaccine used a 1967 measles virus to make the original vaccine and that vaccine will be used up in two to three years, so a new vaccination must be found.

The fourth phase of the study will involve about ten-thousand people nationwide and must be completed before the vaccine can be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for approval.

Grogg says use of a new measles vaccine is still a few years away.