Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Europe sees 300% increase in measles cases in 2017

Europe sees 300% increase in measles cases in 2017

The Five Star Movement, a populist political party, has been one organization to raise doubts over the efficacy of vaccinations in recent years.

Over 20,000 cases of measles, and 35 human beings lost in 2017 alone, are a calamity that can not be accepted. According to the World Health Organization, this may be down to "declines in overall routine immunization coverage, consistently low coverage among some marginalized groups, interruptions in vaccine supply or underperforming disease surveillance systems".

That's because most people will be immunised against the disease, having been given the vaccine as a child.

In Europe, 21,000 cases of the illness were reported, with 5,000 in Romania, Italy and Ukraine. It came as a blow, following a record low 5,273 cases in 2016.

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

Before the emergence of vaccines in the early 1960s, measles killed about 2.6 million people a year with major epidemics striking every two to three years.

After a 1998 paper further confirmed this finding, Wakefield said: "The risk of this particular syndrome [which he termed 'autistic enterocolitis"] developing is related to the combined vaccine, the MMR, rather than the single vaccines'.

In his paper, published in The Lancet journal, he warned of a link between the combined jab and autism or bowel disease.

Severe complications can occur, including miscarriage in pregnant women, brain swelling and the risk of death from pneumonia. It is spread by coughing, sneezing, close personal contact, or direct contact with infected nose or throat secretions. However, she adds that health workers have struggled to push vaccination rates past 78 percent, though they say rates of 90 to 95 percent are needed to stop outbreaks. The highest numbers of affected people were reported in Romania (5562), Italy (5006) and Ukraine (4767).

The process of verifying measles and rubella elimination by country, introduced in 2012, has moved the Region closer to its measles and rubella elimination goal.

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.

You or your child can be vaccinated at any point if you haven't been fully vaccinated before.

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