Media Note: Measles Vaccination
NEW DELHI, India, 1 September 2010 — Measles is among the world’s most contagious diseases and one of the leading causes of death among children worldwide. Even healthy and well nourished children, if unvaccinated, are at risk of the disease and its severe health complications such as pneumonia, diarrhea and encephalitis.
Worldwide, an estimated 4.3 million measles deaths have been prevented in less than a decade by vaccinating nearly 700 million children against measles. The public health benefits of measles vaccination far outweigh the risks of adverse effects.
UNICEF strongly supports the Government of India’s efforts to increase measles vaccination coverage in the country through routine immunization and measles campaigns.
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