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

William Edmunds, N. J. Gay, A. M. Henao Restrepo, J. M. Olivé, O. Bele

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-18
Number of pages3
JournalVaccine
Volume20
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2001

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Immunisation
  • Measles

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