Measles vaccinations missed by 40 million kids, CDC, WHO say

In 2021, officials say there will be about 9 million measles infections and 128,000 deaths worldwide.

LONDON, UK – The World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say measles vaccination rates have dropped significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began, leading to record highs Nearly 40 million children missed doses of the vaccine last year.

In a report released Wednesday, the WHO and CDC said millions of children are now susceptible to measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases. In 2021, officials say there will be about 9 million measles infections and 128,000 deaths worldwide.

Continued reductions in vaccinations, poor disease surveillance and delayed response plans due to COVID-19, in addition to ongoing outbreaks in more than 20 countries, mean, WHO and CDC say. Measles is an imminent threat in every region of the world.”

Scientists estimate that at least 95% of the population needs to be vaccinated to protect against disease; WHO and CDC report that only about 81% of children received the first dose of measles vaccine while 71% of children received a second dose, marking the lowest global coverage rate of the first dose of measles since 2008.

CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky said in a statement: “The record number of children who are unvaccinated and susceptible to measles shows that immunization systems are severely compromised during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Measles is mainly spread by direct or airborne contact and causes symptoms including fever, muscle aches, and a skin rash on the face and upper neck. Most measles-related deaths are due to complications including brain swelling and dehydration. The WHO says complications are most serious in children under 5 and adults over 30.

More than 95% of measles deaths occur in developing countries, mainly in Africa and Asia. There is no specific treatment for measles, but the two-dose vaccine against measles is about 97% effective at preventing severe illness and death.

In July, the United Nations said 25 million children had missed routine immunizations against diseases including diphtheria, largely because the coronavirus disrupted routine health services or caused illness. misinformation about vaccines.

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Edmund DeMarche

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