TWO DOSES of a SAFE AND EFFECTIVE VACCINE prevents the disease.
Global coverage with the first dose of measles vaccine has stalled at 85%. 95% coverage is required to create herd immunity to prevent outbreaks. Millions of people in the developing as well as the so called industrialised world (including the USA, Canada and Europe), are susceptible to the disease.
Until recently measles had been eliminated in large parts of the world. However, the WHO recently concluded that measles elimination is under great threat because of drastically reduced vaccine coverage.
1 infected person will pass it on to 18 non-immune persons
This highly contagious disease is spread by droplets through the air & touching infected surfaces long after the infected person has left a room.