European measles cases highest in a decade as pockets refuse vaccination

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"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", said Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health.

Measles immunisation coverage has fallen in a dozen European Union countries since 2010, and 70 percent of countries with the lowest vaccine confidence in the world were in Europe.

The record numbers came despite the fact that more European children than ever before are being vaccinated against the highly-contagious infectious disease.

He said that while demand for the vaccine is increasing, there appears to be a good supply.

"We're just happy that we're prepared and that there is vaccine available". In countries reporting hospitalization data, almost 2/3 (61%) of measles cases were hospitalized. There have been calls in recent years for Canada to start a national registry to help officials keep better track of vaccination rates.


Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing.

Health workers, especially those in communities, remain the most trusted advisor and influencer of vaccination decisions, and they must be supported to provide trusted, credible information on vaccines, the WHO stresses. "I wish it didn't take an outbreak, and one child already being hospitalized, to get vaccination rates up", said Melnick.

A case of measles was confirmed in Denton County on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to seven.

However, New York legislation opposes philosophical exemptions for vaccinations, meaning that children must be up-to-date on required vaccinations in order to attend school unless they have a religious or medical exemption.

The secretary general of the ministry of health told CNN that more than 50,000 people have caught the disease since October 2018 and there have been more than 300 deaths - mostly children.


In 34 of the countries, estimated coverage with a second dose of measles vaccine was below 95 per cent.

The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the USA that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC. The current measles outbreak in Clark County and one diagnosed case in King County are examples of why the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine is a crucial requirement.

Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for school entry, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Studies have reaffirmed that vaccines do not cause autism, as often referred to by parents who refuse vaccinations. Others object to the timing and combinations of the vaccines and to being forced to inoculate their children. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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