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Millions of children miss measles shots, creating outbreaks - UNICEF

By Kate Kelland

 

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FILE PHOTO: A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 20 million children a year missed out on measles vaccines across the world in the past eight years, laying a path of exposure to a virus that is now causing disease outbreaks globally, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

 

"The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children," said Henrietta Fore, executive director of the United Nations children's fund UNICEF, adding: "The ground for the global measles outbreaks we are witnessing today was laid years ago."

 

The UNICEF report said an estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017 - equating to 21.1 million children a year on average.

 

As a result of greater vulnerability to the disease, the measles infections worldwide nearly quadrupled in the first quarter of 2019 against the same period in 2018 to 112,163 cases, according to World Health Organization data.

 

In 2017, some 110,000 people, most of them children, died from measles - up 22 percent from the year before, UNICEF said.

 

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can kill and can cause blindness, deafness or brain damage. It is currently spreading in outbreaks in many parts of the world, including in the United States, Europe, the Philippines, Tunisia and Thailand.

 

Two doses of the measles vaccine are essential to protect children and the WHO says 95 percent vaccine coverage is needed for "herd immunity" against measles.

 

But due to lack of access, poor health systems, complacency, and in some cases fear or scepticism about vaccines, UNICEF said, the global coverage of the first dose of the measles vaccine was reported at 85 percent in 2017 - a level that has remained similar for the past decade. Global coverage for the second dose is even lower, at 67 percent.

 

Among high-income countries, the United States - which currently is fighting its biggest measles outbreak in almost 20 years - topped UNICEF's list of places with the most children missing the first dose of the vaccine between 2010 and 2017, at more than 2.5 million.

 

Next came France and Britain, with more than 600,000 and 500,000 unvaccinated children, respectively, during the same period.

 

In poorer countries, however, the situation is "critical", UNICEF's report found. Nigeria in 2017, for example, had the highest number of children under one year old who missed out on the first dose, at nearly 4 million. It was followed by India, with 2.9 million, Pakistan and Indonesia, with 1.2 million each, and Ethiopia, with 1.1 million.

 

Fore said measles was "far too contagious" a disease to be ignored, and urged health officials to do more to fight it.

 

"If we are serious about averting the spread of this dangerous but preventable disease, we need to vaccinate every child, in rich and poor countries alike," she said.

 

(Reporting by Kate Kelland)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-04-25

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Ive had about a billion vaccinations including for anthrax yet somehow between impoverished countries, complacency and liberal anti-vaxxers when have to read about measles again. 

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A conspiracy post has been removed. 

 

A number of off topic deflection posts and replies have been removed. The topic is not "what about" ADHD, HIV, autism, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Downs Syndrome.  

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20 minutes ago, PremiumLane said:

remember when people died because of measles. No? That is because of vaccination programs.  You really should read about a subject before saying silly things. 

I don't know anyone that died from measles from the days before vaccinations.

Our whole school had it, including me, everyone recovered, one girl claimed it made her hearing worse. 

Maybe it was because healthy well fed children in the western world didn't die from such trivial diseases, and it only ever seriously affected the malnourished and already weak children in the 3rd world.

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7 minutes ago, GroveHillWanderer said:

Well no, not everybody died of measles, otherwise there'd be nobody left. But before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, measles caused an average of 2.6 million deaths each year. Just think of that - 2.6 million per year.

 

From 2000 to 2017 alone, measles vaccination resulted in a 80% drop in measles deaths, saving an estimated 21.1 million lives.

 

WHO fact sheet on measles

 

The majority of those deaths are from third world nations. In developed western nations, deaths from measles were very rare. In fact, I never heard of anyone dying from measles. The real killer was poor access to medical care.

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5 hours ago, Credo said:

We have more and more children (and adults) who have compromised immune systems. 

Some claim it's multiple vaccination at an early age that causes this.

 

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20 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Some claim it's multiple vaccination at an early age that causes this.

 

And some claim voodoo works.    We have babies being born very prematurely and with that comes immune systems that are not fully developed.   

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On ‎4‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 1:12 PM, canuckamuck said:

Remember when measles was just part of growing up and people were surprised you hadn't had it yet.

Now they act like it is polio or the plague.

Yeah. I was put to bed with a friend that had measles so I'd get it. No big deal for children, but a big deal for adults. Any adult not vaccinated should rectify that.

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