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J Infect Dis. 2003 May 15;187 Suppl 1:S74-9.

Measles vaccination coverage during poliomyelitis national immunization days in Burkina Faso, 1999.

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Health Information System, Directorate of Studies and Planning, Ministry of Health, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.


In 1999, Burkina Faso added measles vaccine during the second round of its poliomyelitis national immunization days (NIDs). A cluster survey was conducted in each of the country's 53 health districts to assess vaccination coverage achieved by the campaign. Forty-four percent of children aged 9-59 months had a documented prior measles vaccination, and 88% were vaccinated during NIDs. Eighty-five percent of children not previously vaccinated received measles vaccine during the campaign. Although routine vaccination coverage varied substantially among children from various socioeconomic groups, the campaign appeared to almost equally reach all groups of children surveyed. Poliovirus vaccine coverage was 90% when measles vaccine was added to the campaign, compared with 88% during the first round. In Burkina Faso, the addition of measles vaccine to poliomyelitis NIDs achieved greater equity in measles vaccination coverage according to a number of socioeconomic factors without compromising the coverage of poliovirus vaccination.

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