Moving Faster than Measles & Rubella
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MEASLES AND RUBELLA MOVE FAST
Failure to vaccinate children against measles & rubella puts them at risk of severe health complications, such as
- Measles/ Rubella/CRS
- Brain Damage
- Heart Disorders
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.
In 2017, over 173,000 measles cases were reported globally. Countries with the largest number of measles cases were:
- DR Congo 45,107
- Somalia 23,039
- India 12,032
- Nigeria 11,190
- Indonesia 9,175
- Pakistan 9,175
A family can lose a month’s income caring for a child who is sick with measles.
Measles is one of the leading causes of death among children around the world.
246 children die every day, 10 every hour – despite the fact that a safe and effective vaccine has been available for over 50 years.
MEASLES AND RUBELLA MOVE FAST, WE HAVE COMMITTED TO MOVE FASTER
Eliminating measles & rubella requires reaching every child to protect them against both diseases, including the poor and marginalized.
- It costs 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 21.1 million child deaths from 2000-2016