Global Measles and Rubella

Updated November 16, 2023

Measles and rubella are vaccine-preventable diseases, yet rubella is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable birth defects, and measles still claimed the lives of 136,000 people (mostly children) worldwide in 2022.

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A baby girl with measles in the Phillipines

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A mother with an infant and small child watches as 2 female healthcare workers conduct a routine immunization session.

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Over half of the 22 million infants who did not receive their first dose of measles in 2022 lived in just 10 countries. CDC

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