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Six new field guides as essential tools
in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases

Control of Yellow Fever: Field Guide Measles Elimination: Field Guide Polio Eradication: Field Guide

Yellow fever remains an important public health problem in the Americas. Occasional cases of jungle yellow fever and the proliferation of Aedes aegypti across the Hemisphere are evidence of the continued high risk of the reurbanization that this disease continues to pose. The guide stresses clinical and epidemiological aspects of the disease, as well as prevention and control strategies. It also contains practical exercises related to a clinical case and the control of yellow fever outbreaks. These exercises require the use of local and regional data for training in prevention and proper case management, as well as in the strengthening of epidemiological surveillance.

2005, 64 pp.,
ISBN: 92 75 11603 2
Order code: SP 603
Price: US$16.00 / US$12.00 in Latin America and the Caribbean
Languages Available: English, Spanish

This guide draws on the experience gained in the Western Hemisphere over the past years, highlighting the surveillance and vaccination strategies necessary to eliminate measles and to monitor and sustain the progress toward that goal. It can be used in any country, although some of the measures described may need to be adapted to local conditions. The appendices contain several standard forms that can be copied or modified to meet particular needs. It is hoped that the lessons learned about measles elimination in the Americas can be adapted and applied in every country and region of the world, and that the ultimate goal of measles eradication can be achieved.

To obtain a copy please send a request to FCH-IM@paho.org
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The strategies that made polio eradication in the Americas possible are the same ones currently being implemented on a global scale and, essentially, those that will make it possible to keep the countries of the Americas polio-free: to achieve and maintain high vaccination coverage and adequate epidemiological surveillance. This guide provides the knowledge and strategies necessary for health workers to keep the Hemisphere polio-free and to enable them to quickly and effectively control new outbreaks. More than a guide to achieving eradication, it is a reference manual for maintaining polio eradication.

2006, 75 pp.,
ISBN: 92 75 11607 5
Order code: SP 607
Price: US$16.00 / US$12.00 in Latin America and the Caribbean
Languages Available: English, Spanish

Elimination of Neonatal Tetanus: Field Guide Elimination of Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome: Field Guide Control of Diphteria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB), and Hepatitis B: Field Guide

This publication offers a unique approach to the strategies that have made the elimination of neonatal tetanus in the Americas possible. The guide provides up-to-date information and describes innovative field techniques that can be adapted and applied throughout the Region. This book highlights the progress made in surveillance to identify and monitor high-risk areas as well as immunization activities geared especially toward women of childbearing age who live in those areas. The object of these activities is to complement measures such as proper care in childbirth and the puerperium and the administration of the triple vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (DPT) to infants and children, and of tetanus and diphtheria toxoid (TD/Td) to schoolchildren and pregnant women.

2005, 48 pp.,
ISBN: 92 75 11602 4
Order code: SP 602
Price: US$16.00 / US$12.00 in Latin America and the Caribbean
Languages Available: English, Spanish

This guide offers local health workers, physicians, nurses, and other members of the health team pertinent, practical information to facilitate early detection of congenital rubella syndrome, and thereby contribute to the surveillance and control of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome. It stresses the clinical and epidemiological aspects of the disease, which will help health workers to better evaluate and appropriately manage suspected cases.
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The book was designed by PAHO to provide health professionals with a quick reference tool for these five diseases and the vaccines used to prevent them. The guide summarizes clinical information on these diseases; outlines the public health strategies currently available to control and prevent them, including surveillance and vaccination; and examines the existing monovalent vaccines.

To obtain a copy please send a request to FCH-IM@paho.org
Use this link to read the full text of this guide


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