Measles Cases Are Skyrocketing in Europe as More Parents Shun Vaccines

22 February, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Fears were raised by a disgraced former doctor that the measles mumps and rubella vaccine caused autism

Romania has one of Europe's lowest measles vaccination rates.

Previous year in Europe, however, at least 100 cases were reported in 15 of the continent's 53 countries, including 5,562 in Romania, 5,006 in Italy and 4,767 in Ukraine.

In 2017, 21,315 people caught the disease in the European region, resulting in 35 deaths. "[This is] a tragedy we simply can not accept". "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".

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

Greece (967), Germany (927), Serbia (702), Tajikistan (649), France (520), the Russian Federation (408), Belgium (369), the United Kingdom (282), Bulgaria (167), Spain (152), Czechia (146) and Switzerland (105) also experienced large outbreaks, many of which were in decline by the close of 2017.

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Anyone can get measles if they haven't already had it, but it is more common in young children.

Further findings revealed none of the children had autism, non-specific colitis or symptoms within days of receiving the MMR vaccine, yet the study claimed six of the participants suffered all three.

It is also not necessarily that obvious - measles can be transmitted by an infected person at any stage from four days prior to the onset of the rash, to four days after it appears. Most Norwegians born before 1960 have had the disease and are therefore immune.

Vaccination doesn't just protect the person receiving the vaccine, it protects the entire population.

Today, under the auspices of the WHO, health ministers from 11 countries will meet to discuss working together to achieve the goals set out in the European vaccine action plan by 2020, including measles and rubella elimination.

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The controversy led to some parents refusing to have their babies vaccinated.

"However, Andrew Wakefield's work has since been completely discredited and he has been struck off as a doctor in the UK".

Severe complications can occur, including miscarriage in pregnant women, brain swelling and the risk of death from pneumonia.

Poor countries such as Guinea, Mongolia and Nigeria are seeing a high number of cases, she adds.

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.

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All of these were in the final months of the year. If your child missed their MMR vaccine you should contact your GP.



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