Global alert? Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that between 2000 and 2016, the vaccine measles avoided 20.4 million deaths, which, according to WHO, represents one of the best investments in public health. However, a new report published in 2018 shows that measles cases are increasing worldwide due to insufficient vaccine coverage.
The report shows that measles vaccine coverage is insufficient worldwide. And it is through vaccination or immunization that disability, illness and disease deaths are prevented.
In this regard, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) describes measles as a disease caused by a virus and transmitted from person to person by spreading saliva droplets, sneezing, pharyngeal or nasal secretions and direct contact with contaminated surfaces or objects .
Measles is usually severe in infants from 0 to 12 months of age and adults. It was in July 2018, when, through a report, WHO also reported that the global vaccination coverage rate had stagnated by 86%.
Dr. Seth Berkley, Director General of Gavi, the Alliance for Vaccines, said that the increase in measles cases can be very disturbing, but not surprising, and explains: "Compliance with disease and dissemination of falsehoods on the vaccine in Europe, the collapse of the health system in Venezuela, the pockets of fragility and low vaccination coverage in Africa combine to cause a worldwide resurgence of measles after years of progress. "
So Berkley suggests that current disease prevention and control strategies change and a first point is to increase vaccine coverage and strengthen health systems, otherwise he says he will continue to fight against one outbreak after another.
In the face of recent outbreaks in different parts of the world, health agencies called for increased investment and strengthening of vaccination services. The new strategies were also asked to prioritize the poorest and marginalized communities, particularly those affected by displacement or conflict.