Vast progress in reducing rubella, but 3 in 10 children still unprotected against the disease

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Vast progress in reducing rubella, but 3 in 10 children still unprotected against the disease
WHO :: 4 October 2019
For the first time, more than half of all the world’s infants are protected against the debilitating rubella virus, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Worldwide, more than 80 countries have eliminated the disease.

This progress has been achieved through broadening access to the safe and highly effective rubella vaccine – especially across lower-income countries. This vaccine has been shown to prevent more than 95% of rubella infections…

“There is no room for complacency. Even in countries that have eliminated the disease, the job is not yet done. The only way to ensure protection against rubella is to make sure that all children are vaccinated against it, alongside surveillance systems that are strong enough to quickly detect cases and respond rapidly to stop the spread – especially to pregnant women.” says Dr Shalini Desai, an expert in rubella at WHO and author of the report.

Globally, it is estimated that around 100,000 children are born with CRS every year…