[Prospects of measles and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) elimination in Poland]

Neurol Neurochir Pol. 1999 May-Jun;33(3):653-63.
[Article in Polish]


Following the introduction of vaccinations against measles in 1975 supplemented in recent years with booster vaccinations at the age of 6 years the epidemiological situation with respect to measles and SSPE has been gradually improving, particularly recently. In the paper discussion is presented on the question in what degree the present epidemiological situation of measles, the epidemiological supervision and vaccinations against measles in Poland meet the operative aim of measles and, consequently, SSPE elimination, as recommended by the WHO Regional Bureau. Attention is called to incomplete reliability of measles diagnosis based on clinical manifestations, economic difficulties in conducting serological investigations (detection of IgM antibodies to measles) necessary for measles confirmation, and shortcomings in vaccination organization.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Measles / epidemiology
  • Measles / prevention & control*
  • Measles Vaccine / adverse effects*
  • Poland / epidemiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis / diagnosis*
  • Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis / etiology*
  • World Health Organization


  • Measles Vaccine