Declining Vaccination Rates Part Of Big Measles Spikes Across Europe

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It is anxious about that the number of cases has jumped from 5,273 in 2016 to 21,315 in 2017, resulting in 35 deaths.

It said large outbreaks occurred in Serbia, which reported 702 measles cases past year, Tajikistan with 649 cases, and Russian Federation with 408 cases. By the end of 2016, it was reported that 42 countries out of the 53 included in the region had interrupted endemic measles transmissions, however, it is recognised that outbreaks will continue until every susceptible child and adult has been protected.

Referring to the number of outbreaks, which is a case in which more than 100 cases are reported in a year, a health officials said many factors arround vaccination were affecting figures.

"These countries have experienced a range of challenges in recent years, such as declines in overall routine immunization coverage, consistently low coverage among some marginalized groups, interruptions in vaccine supply or underperforming disease surveillance system", the World Health Organization report stated.

"Over 20,000 cases of measles, and 35 lives lost in 2017 alone, are a tragedy we simply can not accept".

Romania ranked first with 5,562 reported cases, followed by Italy with 5,006 and Ukraine with 4,767.

Other states to be seriously affected were Greece with 967 cases, Germany with 927, and Belgium with 369.

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Among the methods available for accomplishing that goal are raising public awareness, immunizing health care professionals and other adults at particular risk, addressing challenges in access, and improving supply planning and logistics.

Measles is highly contagious, but easily preventable with a vaccine.

The Health Service Executive is running an MMR clinic in the Barrack Street Primary Health centre on the city's Edward Street from midday tomorrow to encouarge people to get vaccinated.

The process of verifying measles and rubella elimination by country, introduced in 2012, has moved the Region closer to its measles and rubella elimination goal.

Last September, it was announced that measles had been officially eradicated in the United Kingdom - meaning it had not freely circulated for three years - thanks to widespread immunisation with the MMR vaccine.

"This short-term setback can not deter us from our commitment to be the generation that frees our children from these diseases once and for all".

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