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Fairs: Half a million British children lacked jab

Image copyrightPA CaptionExperts say children should have two doses of measles vaccine to fully protect against the disease More than half a million children in the UK did not receive a decisive measles jab between 201 0 and 2017, an analysis of children's charity Unicef ​​reveals. It comes as NHS chief Simon Stevens warned the measles case had almost quadrupled in England in just one year and urged families to get the vaccine. He said people who reject vaccines were a "growing public health bomb". Globally, the report shows that 169 million children did not receive a first dose of measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017. "Alarming" Measles is a highly infectious virus disease that can lead to serious health complications – including lung and brain infections – and is sometimes fatal. Health experts say children should have two doses of the vaccine to fully protect against the disease. Image copyrightLOWELL GEORGIA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY However, according to Unicef, a mixture of self-esteem, misinformation, skepticism about immunizations and lack of access to jabs has led to insufficient vaccination rates globally. The report shows that between 2010 and 2017: The United States topped the list of the number of unvaccinated children in high-income countries by 2,593,000 lacking the first dose of the vaccine The comparable figure for France was 600,000 Britain came third, with 527,000 children who did not receive their first dose of the vaccine during the seven-year period In Nigeria, four million children were under one did not…

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Experts say children should have two doses of measles vaccine to fully protect against the disease

More than half a million children in the UK did not receive a decisive measles jab between 201

0 and 2017, an analysis of children’s charity Unicef ​​reveals.

It comes as NHS chief Simon Stevens warned the measles case had almost quadrupled in England in just one year and urged families to get the vaccine.

He said people who reject vaccines were a “growing public health bomb”.

Globally, the report shows that 169 million children did not receive a first dose of measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017.

“Alarming”

Measles is a highly infectious virus disease that can lead to serious health complications – including lung and brain infections – and is sometimes fatal.

Health experts say children should have two doses of the vaccine to fully protect against the disease.

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LOWELL GEORGIA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

However, according to Unicef, a mixture of self-esteem, misinformation, skepticism about immunizations and lack of access to jabs has led to insufficient vaccination rates globally.

The report shows that between 2010 and 2017:

  • The United States topped the list of the number of unvaccinated children in high-income countries by 2,593,000 lacking the first dose of the vaccine
  • The comparable figure for France was 600,000
  • Britain came third, with 527,000 children who did not receive their first dose of the vaccine during the seven-year period
  • In Nigeria, four million children were under one did not receive the first dose of the vaccine

The figures for the second dose of measles vaccine “were even more alarming,” Unicef ​​said .

Found 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa had not introduced a second dose, giving more than 17 million infants a year more likely to have measles as a child.

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“Wake-up call”

Henrietta Fore, executive director of Unicef, said: “The measles virus always comes Finding Unvaccinated Children

“If we look at warding off the spread of this dangerous but preventable disease, we must vaccinate every child in rich and poor countries.”

Prof Beate Kampmann, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the figures described as an “alarm clock.” She said: “One thing is for sure, however: A single person with measles will be able to infect 90 other people who are not immune.

“Measles is very contagious, even before the typical rash occurs, so that you can not only” keep away. “

” We need to protect children and communities against this potentially very serious but completely preventable infectious disease – and the only one The way to do that is through vaccination. Public Health England said the general risk to the public in England was low, unimmunized people were in danger of catching the disease while outbreaks continued in Europe.

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Ukraine, Madagascar and India have been affected by the disease so far this year, with tens of thousands of reported cases per million people.

Outbreaks have also met Brazil, Pakistan and Yemen, while a nail in case speech has been reported in the United States and Thailand.

In Greater Manchester, more cases have been record ed this year than in the last two years combined.

NHS chief Simon Stevens has warned that “vaccination denials” have won moves on social media which leads to the dissemination of misleading information.

Health Care Secretary Matt Hancock has requested new legislation to force social media to remove content that promotes false information about vaccines.

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