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Issue Number 130            December 3, 1999


  1. CDC publishes article on measles elimination efforts in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  2. Looking for national immunization and hepatitis B resources? IAC's website tells you how to find them


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December 3, 1999

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an article titled "Progress Toward Measles Elimination -- Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1980-1998" in the December 3, 1999, issue of the MMWR. The article states that, in 1997, the goal to eliminate measles from the region by 2010 was decided by the 23 member countries of the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR).

The article's "Editorial Note" reads in part: "Eradication of polio is the highest vaccination priority in the EMR, and measles elimination activities are being phased in on the basis of the status of polio eradication in the country. In the nine countries where polio is endemic or was recently endemic, measles remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Only those countries that have evidence of interruption of indigenous transmission of polio for at least 3 years, based on high quality acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance, have started measles elimination activities. Because of the proximity of countries where polio is endemic, complete and timely surveillance for AFP cases should continue until global eradication is achieved."

"Priority program activities for the 14 countries in the EMR now targeting measles elimination are 1) to maintain high routine vaccination coverage (greater than or equal to 95%) with the first dose of measles vaccine; 2) to achieve high coverage (greater than 90%) in catch-up campaigns in  Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine; 3) to either achieve and maintain high coverage with a routine second dose of measles vaccine or implement timely follow-up campaigns in those countries that have conducted catch-up campaigns; and 4) to strengthen case-based measles surveillance and establish a regional measles laboratory network to support laboratory  diagnosis of suspected measles cases and virus isolation from all chains of measles transmission."

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December 3, 1999

If you are convinced that the "Pink Book," "Red Book," "Yellow Book," and "Green Book" are part of a literary series you read as a child, then you might want to check out the "National Resources" page on the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Here you will find these and other immunization resource mysteries revealed, as well as brief descriptions of each resource and details on how to order them. Videotapes of satellite broadcasts, federal publications, and professional periodicals are just a few of the more than 100 resources listed.

Another compilation on IAC's website is a page called "Hepatitis and Immunization Sites" which lists website links from across the nation and around the world. If you or your organization's resources are listed on either of the pages described above, we need your help in keeping them accurate and up to date. Please alert us to any changes we should make or additional resources/websites we should include by sending an e-mail message to:

To visit "National Resources for Immunization and Hepatitis A & B," go to:

To visit IAC's list of Internet links, "Hepatitis and Immunization Sites," go to:

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Editorial Information

  • Editor-in-Chief
    Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH
  • Managing Editor
    John D. Grabenstein, RPh, PhD
  • Associate Editor
    Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
  • Writer/Publication Coordinator
    Taryn Chapman, MS
    Courtnay Londo, MA
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    Marian Deegan, JD
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    Jermaine Royes
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    Laurel H. Wood, MPA
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    Kayla Ohlde

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