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Viruses 2017, 9(1), 11; doi:10.3390/v9010011

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

Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Herpesvirus Laboratory Branch, Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329, USA
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Received: 30 November 2016 / Revised: 10 January 2017 / Accepted: 10 January 2017 / Published: 19 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Progress in Measles Virus Research)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: measles; elimination; surveillance; vaccine; novel vaccination strategies measles; elimination; surveillance; vaccine; novel vaccination strategies
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Coughlin, M.M.; Beck, A.S.; Bankamp, B.; Rota, P.A. Perspective on Global Measles Epidemiology and Control and the Role of Novel Vaccination Strategies. Viruses 2017, 9, 11.

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