National and global options for managing the risks of measles and rubella

Author: Kimberly M. Thompson et al.
Category: Service delivery


Countries currently choose from several different measles and rubella containing vaccine options and use a wide range of vaccination schedules as they control the transmission of measles only or measles and rubella viruses within their borders and cooperate and coordinate to achieve regional and/or global goals. This paper discusses the current national options that countries use or could use for national measles and/or rubella control or elimination and existing associated regional goals to characterize the expected current global path and identify alternative paths. With highly effective, relatively inexpensive, and safe vaccines available we can potentially end indigenous measles and rubella virus transmission. The Pan American Health Organization eliminated endemic transmission of both measles and rubella, which demonstrated the possibility of global eradication, and four other regions of the World Health Organization are now pursuing targets for regional elimination. We discuss the choice of a global strategy of control compared to eradication to highlight the choices, opportunities, issues, and challenges that will ultimately determine the magnitude of human and financial costs of measles and rubella globally over the next several decades and beyo


Type Journal article
Language English
Country Not Specified
Journal Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination
Volume 3
Year 2012
Disease , Measles , Rubella
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