Analysis from the World health organisation has revealed that cases of measles have spiked everywhere on the planet in recent years, with several countries and an entire world region “losing ones” measles elimination stature. In 2017, only seven countries reported no vaccine hesitancy.
The WHO estimates that last year 110,000 people worldwide succumbed of the disease and that reported cases have increased by about 30 percent since 2016. According to an analysis by the Guardian, examples in Europe will top 60,000 in 2018, doubling last year’s the circumstances and inducing it the highest value in the 21 st century.
“The increase in measles cases is profoundly concerning, but not surprising, ” Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said in a WHO statement. “Complacency about the disease and the spread of falsities about the vaccine in Europe, a collapsing health system in Venezuela and pockets of fragility and low immunization coverage in Africa are mixing to bring about a world resurgence of measles after years of progress. Existing strategies need to change: more exertion needs to go into increasing routine immunization coverage and strengthening health care system. Otherwise we will continue chasing one outbreak after another.”
Let’s not sugarcoat this capsule. The reasons for children are dying of preventable illness in developed countries is due to anti-vaxxers. It is not just populist legislators such as Donald Trump or Italy’s M5S party, or charlatans like discredited medical professional Andrew Wakefield( who falsified research studies to associate inoculations to autism ). It’s not even only Facebook mums complaints about vaccines. They are all held liable for these demises. I say this without hyperbole, the blood of many children is on their hands.
Measles is perfectly preventable thanks to two safe and effective doses of the inoculation. The world coverage should be 95 percent of people being immunized, but for the last several years, it has stalled at 85 percent for the first dose and 67 percentage for the second dose.
“The resurgence of measles is of serious concern, with widened outbreaks arising across regions, and particularly in countries that had achieved, or were close to achieving measles removal, ” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General for Programmes at WHO. “Without urgent efforts to increase vaccination coverage and recognize populations with unacceptable levels of under- or unimmunized children, we risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities against this devastating, but entirely preventable disease.”