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Disease burden. Measles, in spite of available vaccination, remains a heavy public health burden worldwide especially in developing countries with 30-40 million cases, 26 million DALYs (WHO, 2002 ) and 745 000 deaths (WHO, 2002 ) for the year 2001. This represents 50-60% of the estimated million deaths attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood. Measles may be ultimately responsible for more child deaths than any other single agent because of complications from pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition. Measles is also the major cause of preventable blindness in the world, affecting the same disadvantaged populations. Continue

- Background

Key documents

- Measles Strategic Plan 2001-2005 [offsite pdf]
- Measles Technical Working Group: strategies for measles control and elimination [pdf 132kb]
- An overview of aerosol immunization [pdf 815kb]

  • 4th Meeting of the WHO Product Development Group for Aerosol Measles Vaccine, 19-20 June 2003, Baltimore, USA
Steering committees
  • Product Development Group for Aerosol Measles Vaccine (PDG)
  • Measles Aerosol Management Group (MAMG)
Disease Focal Point

Dr Ana Maria Henao Restrepo
Research on Bacterial Vaccines

WHO-UNAIDS HIV Vaccine Initiative

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State of the art of new vaccines: Research and Development

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Third Global Vaccine Research Forum
30 June - 2 July 2003
Seoul, Korea

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