Mass Vaccination: Global Aspects — Progress and Obstacles

  • Stanley A. Plotkin

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 304)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. D. L. Heymann, R. B. Aylward
    Pages 1-16
  3. J. D. Grabenstein, R. L. Nevin
    Pages 31-51
  4. K. Noakes, D. Salisbury
    Pages 53-70
  5. C. R. Vitek
    Pages 71-94
  6. F. Denis, D. Levy-Bruhl
    Pages 115-129
  7. B. Schwartz, P. Wortley
    Pages 131-152
  8. C. A. de Quadros
    Pages 153-163
  9. J. L. Valdespino-Gómez, M. de Lourdes Garcia-Garcia, J. Fernandez-de-Castro, A. M. Henao-Restrepo, J. Bennett, J. Sepulveda-Amor
    Pages 165-193
  10. S. Reef
    Pages 221-229
  11. G. M. Glenn, R. T. Kenney
    Pages 247-268
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 269-273

About this book


Mass immunization is the blitzkrieg of vaccination practice. It serves to rapidly protect populations, both because of the high coverage achieved and because of the herd immunity thereby induced. However, as in war, mass immunization campaigns must be conducted intelligently, with careful strategy and strong attention to logistics of supply and deployment. If conducted badly, mass immunization may fail or even be counter-productive. In this volume, some of the most successful practitioners of mass im- nization tell us about its art and science. David Heymann and Bruce Aylward of WHO begin the book with a theoretical and practical overview of mass immunization. Michael Lane, who participated in the successful effort to eradicate smallpox relates how this was done using mass vaccination and other strategies. Application of mass immunization by the US military is c- ered by John Grabenstein and Remington Nevin, who have a large experience in these matters. Karen Noakes and David Salisbury recount the striking s- cesses of mass immunization in the United Kingdom. The global control of the clostridia that produce diphtheria toxin is described by Charles Vitek. Hepa- tis A is decreasing dramatically under the impact of large-scale vaccination, as Francis André illustrates. The French experience with Hepatitis B vac- nation has been mixed, and François Denis and Daniel Levy-Bruhl explain the circumstances. In?uenza vaccination is an annual example of large-scale campaigns, the complexity of which is recounted by Benjamin Schwartz and Pascale Wortley.


aerosol vaccination annual influenza congenital birth defects contagious outbreaks diphtheria hepatitis A hepatitis B mass immunization measles pandemic influenza poliomyelitis rubella smallpox transcutaneous immunization typhoid fever variolation

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley A. Plotkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Sanofi PasteurDoylestownUSA

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