Half a million children miss measles jab

An estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, with Unicef saying that more than half a million children were from the UK.

With NHS England warning that measles cases had almost quadrupled in England in just one year, and chief executive Simon Stevens urging families to get the vaccine, health experts maintain that children should have two doses of the vaccine to fully protect against the disease.

However, Unicef says that a mixture of complacency, misinformation, scepticism about immunisations, and a lack of access to jabs has led to inadequate vaccination rates globally. The US topped the list for the number of unvaccinated children in high-income countries, with 2,593,000 missing the first dose of the vaccine, with the UK coming third in the list, with 527,000 children not getting their first dose of the vaccine over the seven-year period.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can lead to serious health complications - including infections of the lungs and brain - and is sometimes fatal.

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