More Than 20 Million Kids Miss Out on the First Dose of the Measles Vaccine Every Year

April 25, 2019

(Quartz) – Amid news of serious measles outbreaks in several countries around the world, the United Nations Children Investment Fund (UNICEF) released a report this week showing that 21.1 million children miss out on the first dose of the measles vaccine every year, creating a “pathway” to the global outbreak. Measles can cause fevers, coughs, and rashes, but also blindness and brain damage in serious cases, and kills about 110,000 children every year.

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