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    Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization, April 2013 - conclusions and recommendations.

    Releve Epidemiologique Hebdomadaire. 2013 May 17; 88(20):201-6.

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    Good news on measles boosts vaccination campaigns.

    Kapp C

    Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2008 Jan; 8(1):13.

    According to new data, the global number of measles deaths fell by 68% from 757 000 to 242 000 between 2000 and 2006. This decrease was a result of a spectacular 91% reduction in Africa, where countries rallied behind concerted immunisation campaigns to achieve a rare success story for a continent blighted by public-health failures. In Africa, deaths were cut from 396 000 to 36 000 by implementing the measles reduction strategy, which includes vaccinating all children before their first birthday and providing a second opportunity for measles vaccination through mass vaccination campaigns. "The clear message from this achievement is that the strategy works", said Julie Gerberding, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was one of the founding partners of the Measles Initiative, together with WHO, UNICEF, the American Red Cross, and the United Nations Foundation. She said the focus would now move to India, where an estimated 10.5 million children are not immunised. Some178 000 people died of measles in south Asia last year - mostly in India and Pakistan - only 26% down from 2000. (excerpt)
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