A review of measles notification for Soweto for the period 1984 to 1986
Prior to 1986, Sowetan children were vaccinated against measles on two occasions at 6 and 12 months of age. In order to comply with the World Health Organisation's recommendation for African countries, this schedule was changed in January 1986 to one vaccination at 9 months of age. At the time of this change in the measles vaccination schedule, there was a reported increase m the incidence of measles at hospitals that serve the population of Soweto. This was thought to represent a general increase in the incidence of measles in Soweto. This study set out to investigate this reported increase in the incidence of measles over the period. A retrospective record review of notification forms was undertaken.
Thesis submitted to the Faculty Of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for the partial fulfilment for the degree of Master in Medicine in Community Health