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Declining Vaccination Rates Part Of Big Measles Spikes Across Europe

Declining Vaccination Rates Part Of Big Measles Spikes Across Europe

More than 20,000 people were infected as the disease rebounded from a record low to cause 35 deaths, according to World Health Organisation figures that reveal the damaging after-effects of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine scare.

It's now uncommon in the United Kingdom because of high vaccination rates although previous year there were 282 cases of the disease recorded in the United Kingdom, according to WHO. "[This is] a tragedy we simply can not accept".

The countries with the biggest outbreaks were Romania and Italy, each of which saw more than 5,000 cases, and Ukraine, with more than 4,700 cases.

In those counties, World Health Organization said, there were declines in overall routine immunization coverage, consistently low coverage among some certain groups, interruptions in vaccine supply or underperforming disease surveillance systems.

Cases increased four-fold, with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 deaths.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and brain encephalitis.

"This short-term setback can not deter us from our commitment to be the generation that frees our children from these diseases once and for all".

When unvaccinated children contract measles it spreads to babies that aren't old enough to get their vaccines.

Advisers met Tuesday to talk about how to increase vaccination rates in Europe.

The measles rash is made up of red or brown blotches.

Since the introduction of a process to verify the elimination of measles and rubella in 2012, the WHO European Region has witnessed progression in achieving the ultimate goal.

Doubts were raised following a 1998 study by Dr Andrew Wakefield.

But, his work has since been discredited, and he was struck off as a doctor in the UK.

Romania recorded 5,562 cases and Italy had some 5,006 cases. Thirty-three countries have "eliminated" the disease by boasting high enough immunization rates to prevent it from spreading through the population for at least three years.

The vaccine is given as two doses to very young children as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

Every un-immunised person, regardless of their age, is at risk of contracting the disease, especially in countries with low immunisation rates.

All of these were in the final months of the year.


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