Elimination objectives have been put by all World Health Organization regions. We find that as countries progress toward these goals, they experience fluctuations that are predictable in the size and frequency of outbreaks. A nation ’s position with this”canonical path” is driven by the two measles control activities and demographic elements, which combine to change the effective size of the measles-susceptible population, thereby driving the country through theoretically established dynamic regimes. Further, position on the road to elimination provides information that is critical for guiding vaccination efforts, like the age profile of susceptibility, that could only otherwise be obtained through complex analysis or costly field studies. Armed with this information, states can gain insight and choose strategies to more quickly achieve elimination objectives.