We usually don’t think of measles as a serious disease. For most kids, it isn’t. But did you know that measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children around the world?
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is, according to their fact sheet about measles. In 2014, more than 145,000 people around the world died from measles, which translates into 400 deaths per day or 16 deaths per hour.
Since 2000, measles deaths have dropped by 75%, due to the measles vaccination.
WHO estimates that between 2000 and 2013, the measles vaccination prevented more than 15 million deaths around the globe.
Measles is a leading cause of death among children around the world, but other diseases and conditions are much, much more lethal. The biggest causes of death for children under 5 are diarrhea, preterm birth complications, birth asphyxia, and malaria, WHO reports.
Should measles vaccination be mandatory for all young children?
Where should measles vaccination rank in health priorities?
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