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Millions of children vulnerable to measles as immunization rates drop, new report finds

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Measles epidemic threat Growing That’s because vaccination coverage among children around the world has dropped significantly, according to the WHO. joint report It was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Over the past few decades, measles has remained relatively controlled with two doses of vaccination with 97% efficacy. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, measles vaccination coverage has been steadily declining, and nearly 40 million children will miss one or both doses by 2021, according to the CDC and WHO. , which is the highest ever.

Due to the pandemic, 61 million doses of measles vaccine have been postponed or missed in 2021 in 18 countries, the report found.

“This decline represents a significant setback in global progress to achieve and sustain measles elimination, leaving millions of children vulnerable,” the agencies said in a news release. said in

According to the CDC and WHO, in 2021 there were approximately 9 million measles cases and 128,000 measles deaths worldwide. According to the report, 22 countries have experienced “massive and devastating outbreaks” and the trend will continue through 2022.

According to the report, based on the latest data, only 81% of children in the world receive the first dose and only 71% receive the second dose. This marks his “lowest global coverage” since 2008, as found by the CDC and WHO.

“The paradox of the pandemic is that a vaccine against COVID-19 was developed in record time and deployed in the largest immunization campaign in history, while routine immunization programs were severely disrupted,” said a WHO official. Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

The two agencies are now advising officials around the world to get immunization systems on track to prevent missed doses.

“The measles outbreak demonstrates a weakness in our immunization program,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, PhD, in a statement. “Public health officials will use outbreak response to identify communities at risk, understand the causes of vaccination shortages, and provide tailored solutions to ensure everyone has access. can be made available for vaccination.”

The best way to contain a deadly virus is for all stakeholders to commit resources to vaccination surveillance systems, the report stresses.

through Immunization Agenda 2030 WHO and CDC are a global strategy aimed at providing access to vaccines for everyone around the world so that every child can be vaccinated and outbreaks are detected and rapidly immunized. I hope you can accommodate.

“We have a small window of opportunity to urgently replace the land lost to measles immunization and protect every child,” said Efrem Tekle Lemango, UNICEF’s immunization chief, in a statement. “Now is the time for decisive action.”

Central Ohio health officials reported last week they were investigating a measles epidemic at multiple nurseries. Officials at the time said 18 cases were under investigation. The cases were all unvaccinated children, and 17 of the 18 infected children were under the age of 5.

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