The State of the World's Children 1998: Focus on Nutrition

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Figure 11. Measles deaths and vitamin A supplementation

In three separate trials of children hospitalized with measels -- one as early as 1932 -- deaths among children given high-dose vitamin A supplements were significantly lower than among children not supplemented. The consistent results suggest that a change in Vitamin A status can rapidly alter basic physiological funcitons to concerned with cellular repair and resistance to infection, thereby saving lives.

Source: Alfred Sommer and Keith West jr. Vitamin A Deficiency: Health, survival and vision.

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