NOV 30, 2017 7:14 AM PST

Measles Deaths are Down 84%


Measles used to be a fairly common childhood disease; however, vaccines almost completely eradicated the disease. While the vaccine can prevent measles with almost 100% reliability, not every country has access to the vaccine or health care facilities that can immunize citizens. While some might believe that measles is merely an annoying virus that quickly goes away, the fact is that it can be fatal. In 2016 the death toll from measles fell to below 100,000. That figure represents an 84% drop in measles mortality compared to the number of deaths in 2000.

In September of 2017, the United Kingdom was deemed "measles free" for the first time, due to vaccination rates. However just this week, NHS officials were warning citizens of an outbreak, so the issue is real. In the United States, some communities have seen a resurgence in measles outbreaks that, at least in part, is due to anti-vaccination information and the association between autism rates and the measles vaccine. There is no proof that the vaccines cause autism, but fear caused many parents to choose not to vaccinate. In Minnesota, there was a large outbreak of measles that experts say was related, in part to anti-vaccination campaigns.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JAN 09, 2020
Earth & The Environment
JAN 09, 2020
Australian Bushfire Update
Devastating wildfires continue to ravage the continent of Australia. The report from BBC News below, which aired earlier this week, gives an encompassing u...
JAN 12, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 12, 2020
TESS Finds its First Earth-Sized World in a Star's Habitable Region
Astronomers are continuously searching for exoplanets in the deepest reaches of our galaxy, and while the Kepler Space Telescope might be a thing of the pa...
JAN 21, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 21, 2020
After Hibernation, These Grizzlies Turn to Clams for Nourishment
Grizzly bears spend up to seven Wintery months hibernating, and in that time, they can lose a substantial amount of their body weight. While surrounding ma...
JAN 25, 2020
Neuroscience
JAN 25, 2020
Are You Still Working on Your New Year's Resolution?
There are a few cardinal rules when it comes to goal-setting, and you've probably heard them all before. Goals will be successful if they are specific-...
FEB 16, 2020
Space & Astronomy
FEB 16, 2020
ISS Poised to Receive Fresh Supplies by Tuesday
Life on the International Space Station isn’t quite as convenient as it is for the rest of us here on Earth. With no convenient restaurants or conven...
FEB 16, 2020
Plants & Animals
FEB 16, 2020
These Jellyfish Deliver Stings Without Touching You
Most people are accustomed to thinking that if you avoid a jellyfish’s tentacles while swimming in the ocean, then you won’t be stung. For the...
Loading Comments...