Field guidelines for measles elimination
Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease that remains a leading cause of death among children in the Western Pacific Region. Therefore, the Western Pacific Region is now moving towards measles elimination. These guidelines provide guidance for countries to implement the Western Pacific Regional Plan of Action for Measles Elimination as urged by the 2003 Regional Committee Meeting.
This Field Guide will help countries develop and implement national plans based on the Measles Regional Plan’s key strategies: immunization, surveillance, and laboratory diagnosis. The guide outlines the actions needed for each of these strategies. The guide will also help to implement the resolution of the 2003 Regional Committee Meeting and help achieve elimination. The Field Guide provides health workers, immunization programme managers, public health professionals, and policy-makers at national and subnational levels with advice on what needs to be done and how to do it.