Measles outbreak just set a unsafe record

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It found 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa had not introduced a second dose, putting more than 17 million infants a year at a greater risk of getting measles as a child. "The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products we have, and their safety has been firmly established over many years in some of the largest vaccine studies ever undertaken".

"A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune", Michigan's health department said in a press release. Europe is one of the worst affected regions, which has been...

"We need to work together to improve immunization delivery so that all children are protected from preventable diseases".

The resurgence, which public health officials blamed in part on the spread of misinformation about the safety of vaccines, has been concentrated mainly in Washington state and NY with outbreaks that began late past year.

A list of 10 high-income countries, published by Unicef, shows the U.S. has the highest number of children missing out on their first dose of the vaccine.

An analysis by the charity Unicef found that among high-income countries, the United Kingdom had the third largest number of children who had missed their first dose of the measles vaccine. Two doses of measles vaccine are over 97 percent protective against the disease.

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The Health Secretary said today he was "particularly worried" anti-vaccine fake news was being spread online. The global coverage for this second dose is about 67 per cent. It was followed by France at 608,000 and the United Kingdom with 527,000. The WHO recommends 95 percent for so-called "herd immunity". In 2017, for example, Nigeria had the highest number of children under one year of age who missed out on the first dose, at almost 4 million.

When just looking at high-income countries, a decrease also occurs from 94 to 91 per cent.

The situation is critical in low- and medium-income countries, UNICEF said. It was followed by India (2.9 million), Pakistan and Indonesia (1.2 million each), and Ethiopia (1.1 million).

If you know you've had one dose of the measles/MMR vaccine on schedule, that's enough if.

Between 2010 and 2017, UNICEF estimates 169 million children did not have their first dose of the vaccine, amounting to 21.1 million children annually on average.

Carina Blackmore, Florida's director for the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, said Florida's measles cases are both linked to global travel. A few kids' immune systems won't be totally ready at that age-in which case the vaccine won't take-so everybody is supposed to get a booster shot around the time they start kindergarten.

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