Measles is a highly contagious viral infection. Complications can be severe, especially in young children and adults. There have been several cases of people dying of measles in Germany. But there is a vaccination.
Measles vaccination rates are rising in Germany but so is the number of annual infections. Unvaccinated children can be kept out of school and daycare to prevent an outbreak of the disease.
The UN and partners have launched a plan to vaccinate 1 billion people against yellow fever in Africa. A mass vaccination campaign in West Africa is a model to eliminate the disease.
Health experts fear that a drop in immunization rates amid an ongoing dengue vaccine controversy could jeopardize other government vaccination programs and trigger epidemics in the Philippines. Ana P. Santos reports.
Measles infections have skyrocketed in Europe with 15 countries reporting large outbreaks in 2017, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO is concerned by low rates of immunisation against the disease.
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