Nigeria tops list of countries with un-vaccinated children

Randy Kelley
April 28, 2019

Around 110,000 people died from measles in 2017, a 22% rise from the year before. "The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children".

Worldwide coverage levels of the second dose are even worse. "But, if enough families make that choice to say I'm not going to vaccinate my child wee will end up with enough children that some of them are going to get measles and some of them are going to have a complication that's going to alter that child's life and that family's life". Fore stated, but "if we are serious about averting the spread of this unsafe but preventable disease, we need to vaccinate every child, in rich and poor countries alike".

Fear or skepticism about vaccines.

An estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, or 21.1 million children a year on average, UNICEF said today.

A government spokesperson said: "We ask schools to check what immunisations a child has had when they join a school but our guidance clearly states that schools can not refuse admission or exclude a pupil because they have not been immunised".

Canada ranked seventh. UNICEF said that 287,000 kids in Canada did not receive the first dose during these years.

"This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000", the CDC said in a statement.

At the launch of the ninth African Vaccination Week on Wednesday in São Tomé and Príncipe, immunisation partners stressed the importance of countries remaining vigilant in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Children who have not been given the MMR vaccine could be sent home from school to stop them infecting others, the health secretary has suggested.

His research was eventually found to be fraudulent, but public health campaigners have found it nearly impossible to counter the myths spread since then. The World Health Organisation says 95 per cent coverage is needed for "herd immunity".

UNICEF said Thursday the global coverage of the first dose of the vaccine was 85% in 2017, while coverage for the second dose stood at 67%.

A letter posted on the website of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine states: "We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics".

In low- and middle-income countries, the situation is critical.

Of the 20 countries with the largest numbers of unvaccinated children in 2018, nine have not introduced a second dose.

World Health Organization in a statement signed on Wednesday by Collins Boakye-Agyemang, its Spokesman for Africa, listed other countries to include Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Liberia, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, and Uganda.

Between 2010 and 2017, more than 2.5 million children in the U.S. didn't get the first dose of the vaccine.

Adults should be vaccinated with at least one dose of MMR vaccine, with a second dose recommended for those at higher risk such as global travelers and health-care workers. Two doses are about 97 percent effective. The first is typically administered when the child turns one year of age, while the second should be given when the child is between the ages of four and six, according to ImmunizeBC.

A 72-year-old Pinellas man has been confirmed to have a case of the measles, the Pinellas County Health Department said.

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