Measles outbreak underlines need to vaccinate children

POSTED: 04/27/11 11:42 AM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – An outbreak of measles in 30 European countries once again stresses the need for children to be vaccinated against diseases which are entirely preventable through vaccinations and immunizations.

Since the beginning of the year, the World Health Organization has reported at least 6,500 cases of measles with significant outbreaks observed in 30 countries, including Belgium, France, Serbia, Turkey, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Spain.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and it remains one of the world’s largest causes of death among young children. An estimated 164,000 people died from the virus in 2008, though the number is down 78 percent compared to the year 2000.

This disease can be prevented through a safe and effective vaccine.

Youth Health Care (YHC) organizes a vaccination outreach for the residents of St. Peters and surrounding areas today.  Parents and guardians from St. Peters and surrounding areas are encouraged to use this opportunity to get their child’s vaccination status checked.

The outreach will be held at the St. Peters Community Center from six until eight o’clock tonight.

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