Jamaica's measles elimination experience

Jon Mark Hirshon, Beryl Irons, Peter Figueroa, Karen Lewis-Bell, Michael Goodman, Gregory D. Kirk, Bradley S. Hersh

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Objectives. This article describes the effort to eliminate measles from Jamaica and its impact on measles incidence. Methods. In addition to routine measles vaccination, the Jamaican Ministry of Health implemented a strategy of a 1-time-only catch-up vaccination campaign, conducted in 1991, and periodic follow-up campaigns, the first of which occurred in 1995. Results. Since 1991, despite careful surveillance, no serologically confirmed indigenous cases of measles have occurred in Jamaica. Conclusions. Measles virus circulation has been interrupted in Jamaica. The Jamaican experience provides further evidence that global measles eradication is achievable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1254-1255
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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