20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines

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Globally, since 2010, particular focus was made on DTP3 coverage along with one of the measles, however, against the critical requirement of 95 percent coverage in countries, and communities - to protect against outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases - the coverage continued to persist low with more than one in 10 children registered unvaccinated. Measles cases more than doubled past year, with 350,000 reported worldwide.

Nigeria has been cited as one of the countries in the world with a high number of under and non-vaccinated children at 3 million. "Unacceptably, it's often those who are most at risk-the poorest, the most marginalized, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes-who are persistently missed".

It noted that most unvaccinated children live in the poorest countries and are disproportionately in fragile or conflict-prone states and if these children do get sick, they are at risk of the severest health consequences and least likely to access lifesaving treatment and care.

"In a globalized society in which we are all connected, a disease as infectious as measles - the most infectious of the vaccine-preventable diseases - is easily spread", Drs.

In April, the World Health Organization said 2019 was set to be worse, with preliminary data showing reported measles cases in the first quarter 300 times higher than the same period in 2018. Countries with the weakest public health systems still have the lowest vaccination rates, though coverage in sub-Saharan Africa rose from 50 percent in 1999 to 76 percent a year ago.

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"As a result of El Paso's immunization charges are so high, we don't count on to see an enormous variety of cases emerge", mentioned Robert Resendes, Public Health Director.

Health officials urge residents, especially those that haven't been sufficiently protected against measles and people who travel internationally, to receive a measles vaccine. Measles then spread among unvaccinated groups of people such as the Orthodox Jewish communities in NY.

Data is also available for the first time on coverage of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects girls against cervical cancer later in life. Nearly half, she said, are in just 16 countries. Data showed that an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global immunisation coverage improved. Kaser says it's more serious than some people might think.

The New Jersey Department of Health suggests that anyone who visited CHEMED during those specified dates/times should contact a health provider to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness.

UNICEF works in some of the world's toughest places, to reach the world's most disadvantaged children.

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