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Moving Faster than Measles & Rubella

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Measles & Rubella move Fast - Infographic

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Failure to vaccinate children against measles & rubella puts them at risk of severe health complications, such as

  • Measles/ Rubella/CRS
  • Blindness
  • Brain Damage
  • Deafness
  • Heart Disorders
  • Pneumonia
  • Diarrhea

Rubella is generally a mild illness but when pregnant women become infected, there is up to 90% chance of the fetus having congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). The baby can be born with multiple birth defects – if he or she survives at all.

Rubella vaccination prevents mothers from giving birth to babies with CRS and prevents life-long disability.

100,000 babies are born with CRS around the world each year. More than 50% of the 20.8 million children who did not receive one dose of measles vaccine in 2016 came from only 6 countries

Nigeria 3.3 million | India 2.9 million | Pakistan 2.0 million | Indonesia 1.1 million | Ethiopia 0.9 million | DR Congo 0.7 million

A household in Ethiopia can lose 1 month’s income if 1 child is sick from measles.

Measles is one of the leading causes of death among children around the world. 245 children die every day, 10 every hour – despite the fact that

a safe and effective vaccine has been available for over 50 years.



Eliminating measles & rubella requires reaching every child to protect them against both diseases, including the poor and marginalized.

It cost less than $2.00 to vaccinate a child against both measles and rubella in low-income countries

More than 2 billion vaccinated since 2001

Measles vaccination prevented 20.4 million

Child deaths from 2000-2016!

  • Page last reviewed: September 8, 2017
  • Page last updated: September 8, 2017
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    Global Health
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