Measles-rubella mass immunization campaign in Albania, November 2000

Type Journal Article - Journal of Infectious Diseases
Title Measles-rubella mass immunization campaign in Albania, November 2000
Volume 187
Issue Supplement 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2003
Page numbers S223-S229
In 2000, Albania resolved to eliminate measles by 2007 by use of a four-step program: by conducting a “catch-up” vaccination campaign for all children aged 1–14 years, achieving and sustaining high coverage (?95%) among children aged 1 year with the first dose of a measles-containing vaccine, by introducing a routine second dose of measles-containing vaccine for children at age 5 years, and by improving measles surveillance. This catch-up campaign took place in November 2000: 867,000 doses of measles-rubella vaccine were administered for an estimated coverage of 99%. In all, 231 campaign-related adverse events were reported: syncope, 206; allergic reactions, 10; fever, 8; encephalitis/encephalopathy, 2; and aseptic meningitis, seizures, Guillain-Barré syndrome, anaphylaxis, and arthralgia, 1 each. All resolved without sequelae. This report describes the status of measles and rubella/congenital rubella syndrome control in Albania before 2000 and reports on implementation of the catch-up campaign.

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