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Isr Med Assoc J. 2008 Aug-Sep;10(8-9):640-5.

Two-dose measles immunization as a strategy to eliminate measles in the Middle East and Israel.

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Division of Health in the Community, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel.


The data presented above show that most countries of the Middle East (Israel and countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the WHO) are progressing towards achieving WHO goals for improving immunization coverage for measles immunization to over 90%, along with the introduction of a two-dose immunization strategy. There has been corresponding progress in the reduction of incidence of measles. However, the goal of the WHO to eliminate measles has not been achieved and is unlikely to be in the near future.

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