Perspective on Global Measles Epidemiology and Control and the Role of Novel Vaccination Strategies.

Tuesday, 24th of January 2017 Print

Viruses. 2017 Jan 19;9(1). pii: E11. doi: 10.3390/v9010011.

Perspective on Global Measles Epidemiology and Control and the Role of Novel Vaccination Strategies.

Coughlin MM1 Beck AS2 Bankamp B3 Rota PA4.

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Measles is a highly contagious vaccine preventable disease. Measles results in a systemic illness which causes profound immunosuppression often leading to severe complications. In 2010 the World Health Assembly declared that measles can and should be eradicated. Measles has been eliminated in the Region of the Americas and the remaining five regions of the World Health Organization (WHO) have adopted measles elimination goals. Significant progress has been made through increased global coverage of first and second doses of measles-containing vaccine leading to a decrease in global incidence of measles and through improved case based surveillance supported by the WHO Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network. Improved vaccine delivery methods will likely play an important role in achieving measles elimination goals as these delivery methods circumvent many of the logistic issues associated with subcutaneous injection. This review highlights the status of global measles epidemiology novel measles vaccination strategies and describes the pathway toward measles elimination.


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