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XX Meeting of Countries of Central America, Mexico, and the Latin Caribbean on Vaccine-preventable Diseases

San Salvador, El Salvador, 6-8 July 2010

  • Countries of the Americas are at risk of an importation of the wild poliovirus and of an outbreak if they are not able to timely detect importations and their populations are not adequately protected.
  • Countries should improve the quality of the epidemiological surveillance if they wish to timely detect poliovirus reintroduction.
  • Countries should reach vaccination coverage equal or greater than 95% in each municipality.
  • Countries should examine the performance of epidemiological surveillance indicators for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) at least every 3 months at subnational level (Department or Province) and take appropriate measures to adjust performance if it is not in compliance with the conditions required by the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication.
  • Countries should take advantage of National Immunization Weeks or the Vaccination Week in the Americas to vaccinate against polio and increase herd immunity.
  • Countries should continue training their health workers on the importance of AFP surveillance and the collecting of appropriate stool specimens. At the request of participating countries, the PAHO/WHO recommendation regarding continued OPV use until global disease eradication is achieved is being reiterated. This recommendation is based on what has been recommended on multiple occasions and reiterated in 2009 by the PAHO/WHO Technical Advisory Group on Vaccine-preventable Diseases.

Link to 2009 TAG Recommendations:
www.paho.org/english/ad/fch/im/epi_tag.htm

Link to WHO Position Paper on Polio:
http://www.who.int/wer/2010/wer8523.pdf 

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 July 2010 12:49

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