Global Measles and Rubella

Updated February 10, 2022

Measles and rubella are vaccine-preventable diseases, yet measles still claims an estimated 568 lives (mostly children) worldwide each day, and rubella is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable birth defects. In 2001, CDC helped establish the Measles and Rubella Initiative, a global partnership working toward a world free of measles and rubella-related death and disease.

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Page last reviewed: November 5, 2021
Content source: Global Immunization