20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines, UN warns

Fighting The Measles Outbreak3 min read

Fighting The Measles Outbreak3 min read

This even as statistics point to a grim picture where global protection against four diseases that are regarded as a gauge of overall coverage - diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles - has "stalled" at around 86 percent for the past nine years.

El Paso, TX health officials have reported an additional confirmed measles case, about a week after two cases were confirmed for the first time in 25 years.

Identifying Ukraine as the country with the highest measles incidence rate in 2018, the WHO/UNICEF report suggested that although the country has vaccinated over 90 per cent of its children, coverage in 2010 was just 56 per cent, meaning that a large number of older children and adults were at risk. "It's often those who are most at risk - the poorest, the most marginalized, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes - who are persistently missed".

Most unvaccinated children come from the world's poorest countries with conflict-affected states also contributing to the high numbers.

"In a globalized society in which we are all connected, a disease as infectious as measles - the most infectious of the vaccine-preventable diseases - is easily spread", Drs.

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But for exactly that reason, it's important for modifiable risk factors to be monitored and harnessed for this at-risk age group. Of all the forms of digital media , spending an above-average amount of time on social media was found to be the most harmful.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there were 1,109 reported cases of measles across the country from January through July 3, the last reported update.

Public Health urges residents, especially those who have not been fully protected against measles and those who travel internationally, to get measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization to protect themselves and prevent the spread of measles.

For the first time, the United Nations bodies also provided data on vaccine coverage of human papillomavirus (HPV).

World Health Organization and UNICEF blame war, inequality as well as complacency for 20 million children missing immunisation. The 2018 revision covers 39 years of coverage estimates, from 1980 to 2018. The estimated number of vaccinated children are calculated using population data provided by the 2019 World Population Prospects (WPP) from the UN. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. Most of the cases to date were unvaccinated, the office says, including that this episode isn't associated with flare-up that happened in April.

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