Guidance on conducting serosurveys in support of measles and rubella elimination in the WHO European Region (2013)




The WHO Regional Office for Europe places a high priority on measles and rubella elimination. It calls on Member States to remain vigilant and take appropriate action to help achieve the regional goal to eliminate measles and rubella by 2015. The main purpose of conducting serosurveys, or measurement of the presence of specific antibodies in a given population, is to obtain additional information about the progress made towards elimination, identify areas in need of further efforts and help document and verify the elimination.

This document was developed for public health professionals and laboratory scientists in the Member States of the Region to support their decision-making related to the conducting of serosurveys in the context of the regional goal for measles and rubella elimination.