More Than 1 in 10 Children Unvaccinated Worldwide
About 1 in 10 children, or 20 million worldwide, missed out on lifesaving vaccines for infectious diseases such as measles previous year, revealing a "dangerous stagnation of global vaccination rates", two leading global health organizations said.
A case in point: the global coverage rate for a key vaccine combination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and measles has been stalled at 86 percent since 2010, it said, describing the rate as "not sufficient".
"Vaccines are one in all our most necessary instruments for stopping outbreaks and maintaining the world secure", the WHO's director basic, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated in an announcement. "Far too many are left behind".
"Unacceptably, it is 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", said Director General of WHO.
However, just 13 of these are low-income countries, leaving most girls at risk of cervical cancer less likely to have access to the vaccine, the report said.
The state health department reported OH occasionally sees measles cases as the result of importations from other countries where measles remains endemic. The announcement comes nearly a week after the DPH had reported the first two cases in more than 25 years in El Paso. "We have to exhaust every effort to immunise every child". Several other countries with high incidence and high coverage have significant groups of people who have missed the measles vaccine in the past.
Dr. O'Brien said World Health Organization expects the total number of measles cases this year to be substantially higher than the total for 2018 and that some countries have already surpassed their numbers from last year. "This shows how low coverage over time or discrete communities of unvaccinated people can spark deadly outbreaks", the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said on July 15.
But WHO says more than one in ten children were unvaccinated in 2018.
The vaccine has been adopted by 90 countries - home to one in three girls worldwide - till 2018.
According to WHO and UNICEF national immunization coverage estimate, Ethiopia is the fifth country in the world with large number of unimmunized children. They said only 118 countries achieved a 90 percent coverage threshold in 2018. "Children under the age of 5 and adults older than 20 years of age can have some complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis, and that's an infection of the brain". Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.