Measles cases are on the rise in the European Union and health officials say it is because of a widespread lack of vaccinations. In fact, there has been a huge surge in measles cases that have been reported from the World Health Organization. They state that lack of vaccination is to blame.
New Cases Booming
Presently, over 41,000 events of measles cases have been cited in the EU between January and June of this year. In 2017, at the same time, there were 24,000 cases for all twelve months and that had been the very highest seen in ten years.
The increase in infections and the number of extended outbreaks is forcing WHO officials to call for all countries to implement tactics for widespread measures to cease this outbreak. In other words, widespread vaccination is being called for.
There are seven countries dealing with some serious problems from this and all have high death rates compared to years past. These countries include Greece, France, Georgia, Italy, Serbia, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation. In fact, 37 people have died in these countries since the beginning of 2018.
Serbia had 14 of these deaths which is the most out of any of these countries. The Ukraine suffered immensely. Now officials have to question what the causes are and all causes point to a lack of vaccination.
There are a number of people who have chosen not to have their children vaccinated, and that is part of the issue. On the other side, there are still a number of people who have not been vaccinated due to reasons of poverty and dislocation or reasons unknown.
The World Health Organization struggles to keep these epidemic outbreaks of measles within borders but it is seemingly impossible when there is such a low rate of vaccination and such a high rate of contagion. Measles spreads easily across borders so it is easy to understand the pressing issue.
According to the WHO, 95% of a population needs to have been vaccinated in order to prevent transmission to others. There was a huge drop in confidence over the MMR vaccine in 1998 when there was an article published in the Lancet linking the vaccine to autism.
If the vaccinations had been continued and this issue had not risen into the press and the public, would this outbreak even be an issue? The WHO says that it would not be and this is a reasonable assertion considering the serious lack of vaccination over the past years due to an idea that is not substantiated.
Now that there is a better understanding that there is no real link to vaccination with the MMR vaccine and autism, should there not be a change in attitude? The hope is that there will be and presently, new movement is being put forward to make measles vaccination a more common practice. Hopefully, this newly risen epidemic will decline before it reaches the proportions it had once claimed before.