Title

Prevention and control of measles in emergency situations

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-1990

Journal

Boletin - Oficina Sanitaria Panamericana

Volume

108

Issue

2

Abstract

All children from 6 months to 5 years of age should be vaccinated against measles as soon as they arrive at a camp. If there are not enough doses of vaccine, preference should be given to children in feeding centers. The occurrence of measles in a camp is not a contraindication to conducting a vaccination campaign. It should be coordinated by a suitable lead agency, and cooperation with the local expanded program of immunization should be encouraged so as to take advantage of available cold chain equipment, training protocols, and management manuals. In cases of severe malnutrition, vitamin A should be given routinely along with the vaccine in order to reduce mortality and morbidity in children with measles. -from English summary

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