Measles: a record number of patients in Europe

According to the World Health Organization, the number of children vaccinated against measles has never been as great in Europe, but the number of patients has also reached a record in 2018. Depending on the country, vaccination coverage remains very uneven, which explains the circulation of the virus.

Measles: a record number of patients in Europe

In the year 2018 the measles hit 82,596 people on the European continent (almost 3,000 in France), according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) published on February 7, 2019. That is three times more than in 2017. The disease has killed 72 children and adults, including three in France, during the year 2018.

At the same time the WHO reports that so many children have never been vaccinated against measles. In the European zone, the vaccination rate of two doses (the recommended protocol to ensure the best protection) reaches 90% in 2017. Again, this is a record. But there is still a long way to go, because, to stop the circulation of the measles virus, 95% of children must be vaccinated.

At this point, France is not one of the best students. According to Public Health France, vaccination coverage has increased, but no department achieves this target of 95%. At the level of the European continent, 34 countries are below this threshold, allowing the virus to take its course.

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