There has been a spur of measles cases in 2017, a 30% rise attributed totally too low rates of vaccination as indicated by WHO on Thursday. Among the total of 6.7 million individuals affected, the majority were young kids. Fatalities amounted to 110,000 and though the figure is much lower than the 50 odd lakh figure that died due to the disease in 2000, the resurgence is a cause for concern.
The Deputy Director General for Programs at WHO, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan remarked that the entire process towards elimination of the disease is undone and therefore the need to emphasize the importance of vaccination among the public should take top priority so that this disease can be easily prevented.
In order to prevent spread of the virus, the vaccination rate in the population has to be about 95%. In reality, it stands at an average of just 85% and the rate of receiving the second bout of vaccine remains at 67%.
Measles is an airborne disease and most contagious and varied reasons for the poor vaccination rates need to be tackled most urgently. Wrong dissemination of information about the vaccine in Europe, crumbling health infrastructure in Venezuela, lesser immunization exposure in Africa
All babies should be included in the vaccination routine for protection against mumps, measles
As per WHO\ vaccines were responsible in preventing 21 million fatalities due to measles in the past 18 years. This just bolsters their importance!