Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals


Description: Measles is a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease caused by the measles virus, a member of the genus Morbillivirus in the family paramyxoviridae. It is spread by droplets or direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected persons; less commonly by airborne spread or by articles freshly soiled with secretions of nose and throat. Measles is one of the most readily transmitted communicable diseases and probably the best known and most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses

Prevention: Live attenuated viral measles vaccine - one dose given by the intramuscular or subcutaneous route, with opportunity for second dose at least one month after the first

2016 global figures

      132'129 reported cases
      89'780 estimated deaths
      85% estimated coverage with first dose of MCV
      64% estimated coverage with 2nd dose of MCV

Statistics on Measles

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Last Update: 09 August 2017