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Measles Remains an Imminent Health Risk

November 23, 2022 • 10:44 am CST
by Oberholster Venita
(Vax Before Travel)

The World Health Organization (WHO) reaffirmed that the very contagious measles virus is an imminent threat worldwide. The good news is measles is a vaccine-preventable disease.

However, measles vaccination coverage has steadily declined since the pandemic's beginning in 2020.

In 2021, a record high of nearly 40 million children missed a measles vaccine dose: 25 million children missed their first dose, and an additional 14.7 million children missed their second dose.

In 2021, there were an estimated 9 million cases and 128 000 deaths from measles worldwide.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated in a press release on November 23, 2022, "Getting immunization programs back on track is absolutely critical. Behind every statistic in this report is a child at risk of a preventable disease."

In the U.S., a total of 51 measles cases were reported by five jurisdictions as of November 17, 2022.

The U.S. CDC suggests speaking with a travel vaccination expert regarding the need for a measles booster before international travel.

This CDC web tool help travelers determine whether or not they need MMR vaccination before departure.

Measles vaccines are commonly available at most clinics and pharmacies in the U.S.

Other measles vaccination information is posted at