CORRECTION

In Vol. 78, No. 8, on pages 1062–1063, several errors occurred in the news item Deficiencies in immunization campaigns highlighted in new UNICEF report, for which we apologize.

The corrected sentences are given below:

Page 1062, first paragraph: The impression was given that efforts exist to eradicate diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. The first sentence should read: ‘‘... immunization programmes aimed at the control of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus and the eradication of poliomyelitis are still failing to reach many children, leaving them at risk of catching these diseases’’.

Page 1062, second paragraph: Vaccination efforts were mistakenly attributed solely to UNICEF. The second sentence should read: ‘‘... is still lagging behind the goals of the organization and its partners...’’.

Page 1063, first paragraph: Poliomyelitis eradication efforts were mistakenly attributed solely to UNICEF. The first sentence should read: ‘‘... Among its efforts, UNICEF and partners have set about an ambitious agenda to eradicate poliomyelitis... Despite these efforts, the report makes clear that these and similar tasks will not be easily achieved’’.

Page 1063, paragraph 4: The text mistakenly indicates that diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus vaccine is administered to mothers. The second sentence should read: ‘‘while diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus vaccine can be easily administered by immunizing children, the vaccine...’’.

Page 1063, fifth paragraph: Vaccination efforts were mistakenly attributed solely to UNICEF. The first sentence should read: ‘‘UNICEF and partners have set a goal of immunizing 90% of children in all countries...’’.

Page 1063, paragraph 7: The timing of the administration of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus vaccine is incorrect. The second sentence should read: ‘‘... administered at the ages of 6,10 and 14 weeks...’’

Page 1063, paragraph 10: The value of US$ 750 is incorrect. The sentence should read: ‘‘...the commitment of US$ 750 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation...’’.


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