Some 40 million children have not been vaccinated against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases

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London Vaccinations against measles have dropped significantly since the coronavirus pandemic, leaving almost 40 million children without records against the disease last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Health have reported. United States Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

WHO and CDC said this in a report released on Wednesday One of the world’s most contagious diseases, millions of children are now vulnerable to measles.

In 2021, officials said there was About 9 million cases of measles and about 128,000 deaths worldwide.

The WHO and CDC indicated that declining vaccinations, poor surveillance of the disease, and delays caused by COVID-19, with more than 20 countries involved in outbreaks, mean that “measles is an imminent threat in every region of the world.” ,

Scientists estimate that at least 95% of the population must be immunized to avoid an epidemic, WHO and the CDC reported that only 81% of children received their first measles vaccine while 71% received their second, the lowest level of vaccination since 2008.

“Record numbers of children immunized and susceptible to measles reflect severe damage to vaccination system since COVID-19 pandemic”CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

measles usually It is spread through airborne particles or physical contact and causes symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, and rashes on the face and neck. Most measles deaths are due to complications such as inflammation of the brain or dehydration. The WHO says that complications are more dangerous in children under 5 years of age or adults over 30 years of age.

More than 95% of measles deaths occur in developing countries, mostly in Africa and Asia. There is no specific treatment for measles, but two doses are 97% effective at preventing severe illness and death.

In July, the UN said 25 million children were missing out on routine vaccinations against diseases such as diphtheria, because the pandemic overwhelmed health systems or spread vaccine misinformation.

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