Measles vaccination in Africa: by how much could routine coverage be improved?


Edmunds, WJ; Gay, NJ; Henao Restrepo, AM; Olive, JM; Bele, O; (2001) Measles vaccination in Africa: by how much could routine coverage be improved? Vaccine, 20 (1-2). pp. 16-8. ISSN 0264-410X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0264-410X(01)00264-X

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Abstract

Assuming that the level of Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) coverage gives a measure of access to immunisation services, it is possible to derive what fraction of infants are not immunised against measles due to under-utilisation of existing services (rather than unavailability of services). According to the most recent official statistics, the overall coverage for measles vaccine is 53% in Africa (10% lower than for BCG). This difference amounts to 3 million African children who will not be vaccinated against measles this year even though they probably have access to immunisation services.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Africa/epidemiology, BCG Vaccine, Developing Countries, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Infant, Measles/mortality/prevention & control, *Measles Vaccine, Medically Underserved Area, Program Evaluation, Socioeconomic Factors, Vaccination/*utilization, Africa, epidemiology, BCG Vaccine, Developing Countries, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Infant, Measles, mortality, prevention & control, Measles Vaccine, Medically Underserved Area, Program Evaluation, Socioeconomic Factors, Vaccination, utilization
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 11567740
Web of Science ID: 171512000005
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/6775

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