Although the goal is to eradicate the disease by 2020, we are experiencing a global measles outbreak. Why?

The goal is to eradicate this highly contagious viral illness, which can be fatal in children, in first world countries by 2020 however, more and more cases are being reported.

Missed vaccinations

According to the United Nations, 20 million missed vaccinations each year is causing the global measles outbreaks.

In high-income countries like the US, France and Britain, there are the highest numbers of unvaccinated children, between 2010 and 2017.

According to research in 2018, children younger than two years old were at a higher risk of dying from measles than older patients.

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So why are parents choosing not to get their children vaccinated against a disease that could kill them?

According to Alasdair Sandford, Euronews correspondent, misinformation about the MMR vaccine is spread via social media, populist anti-establishment politicians and celebrities, and even social media trolls have been blamed for spreading an anti-vaccine message.

Measles still kills

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