Europe has lost ground in eliminating measles, as the number of countries having achieved or sustained elimination of the disease has declined, the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC) warned on Thursday.
"That number, which is only for cases up through August, is the highest number of measles cases reported globally in any year since 2006", said Kate O'Brien, director of the Department for Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals at World Health Organization, at the press conference.
According to the data released by the WHO, almost 90,000 cases and 37 deaths were reported across 48 of the 53 countries in the WHO European region in the first six months of 2019. Hesitant attitudes can be linked to media and peer influence, distrust of science, information access and socio-economic barriers, the most recent news release stated.
'It's clear that we're nonetheless affected by exclusively debunked claims round MMR that had been perpetuated within the nineties - and are actually resurgent on social media and different on-line platforms.
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The HSE is also promoting new and informative videos online and on social media, in order to support parents' decision to get their children vaccinated.
The spread of the measles virus has yet again gained crucial importance, as, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), cases of the disease have been observed in a number of countries across the world. These are the United Kingdom, Greece, the Czech Republic and Albania. It provides vital information and sends out a clear message that this vaccine can prevent cervical cancer and save lives. Research suggests, however, that people who are skeptical of the CDC and similar institutions may consider whether or not a given disease occurs nearby when making decisions about vaccination.
One example is Germany, where the government has backed a bill that would see parents fined up to €2,500 ($2,800) if they fail to vaccinate their children before entering school or kindergarten.
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"Ninety-thousand cases in the first half of the year is a massive amount of measles", she said, adding that nations should be ramping up routine vaccination programs to proactively identify under-vaccinated groups. "So misleading information is a growing threat".