Worldwide Measles Deaths Climb 50% from 2016 to 2019 Claiming Over 207,500 Lives in 2019

Mixed picture for Ireland, where Covid-19 has paused recent growth in measles cases, but risk of future increase remains DUBLIN/NEW YORK/ GENEVA/ ATLANTA, 12 November 2020 – Measles surged worldwide in 2019 reaching highest number of reported cases in 23 years.  Highlighted in a publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continued

The Ireland East Hospital Group launches staff flu vaccination campaign and partners with UNICEF to help save lives

‘Get a Vaccine Give a Vaccine’ will provide children with life-saving immunisation The Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) has launched its 2020-2021 Staff Flu Vaccination Campaign. This year, on account of COVID-19, it has never been more important for healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine and to highlight this message and encourage staff to … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19

WHO and UNICEF call for immediate efforts to vaccinate all children as new data shows that, before the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine coverage stalled at 85 per cent for nearly a decade, with 14 million unvaccinated infants yearly In Ireland, rates for the first dose of measles vaccine fell in 2019 from 92 to 91 per … Continued

Over 13 million children did not receive any vaccines at all even before COVID-19 disrupted global immunisation – UNICEF

Embargoed until 00.01 GMT 25 April 2020 Mass measles immunisation campaigns suspended in 25 largely high-burden countries due to pandemic  NEW YORK, 25 April 2020 – As the world waits desperately for a vaccine, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to surge across the globe. Millions of children are in danger of missing life-saving vaccines against measles, … Continued

Measles outbreaks continue unabated as figures show under-fives accounted for most deaths in 2018

• Samoan children the latest victims of 2019 outbreaks • Children in DRC, Somalia, Liberia, Madagascar and Ukraine suffer too UNICEF’s global Health and Immunisation specialists are available for interview, including spokespeople based in the Pacific region DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 5 December 2019 – Children under the age of five accounted for most of the 140,000 … Continued

20 million children miss out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018

Global vaccination rates stagnant due to conflict, inequality and complacency – 8% of babies born in Ireland in 2018 were not vaccinated against measles – Almost 5,000 Irish infants are unvaccinated against measles – 76 reported cases of measles in Ireland in 2018   For photos and broll, please click here. For the 2018 data, … Continued

Vaccination to contain severe measles outbreak underway in DR Congo amidst Ebola and mass displacement

Campaign led by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and MSF DUBLIN / ITURI, DR CONGO / DAKAR / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 11 July 2019 – Health workers are urgently rolling out a complex measles vaccination campaign targeting 67,000 children in Ituri, northeast DR Congo, a region ravaged by armed conflict that … Continued