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Lessons from the Eradication Campaigns

D. A. Henderson
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October 29, 1999
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Vaccine 1999;17(Suppl 3):S53-S55

Elsevier Science
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Of seven global eradication programs this century, only two have relied primarily on vaccines for control measures - those against smallpox and poliomyelitis. Smallpox is history and polio could possibly achieve a similar status within the next decade. The hallmarks of these successful programs were surveillance and community outreach and involvement. However, a research agenda, so crucial to smallpox eradication, has largely been ignored or dismissed by polio program managers. This could prove to be a serious, even fatal error.

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