Putting measles vaccination back on track
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be contracted at any age, and that can spread widely. It is especially dangerous for young children and unvaccinated pregnant women.
Vaccination has dramatically reduced the incidence of measles in Europe, yet where children are unvaccinated, outbreaks occur. Measles elimination requires vaccination coverage above 95% with two doses of the vaccine in all population groups and in all geographical areas.
With safe vaccination, we can protect ourselves, our loved ones and each other.
Get vaccinated: get protected
An increase in measles cases across EU/EEA countries highlights the importance of routine childhood immunisation programmes and of closing immunity gaps amongst those who missed out on vaccination in the past. Two doses of the vaccine are needed for maximum protection. The first dose is normally given between 10 and 18 months of age in European countries. The second dose can be given one month or more after the first dose, in accordance with the national vaccination schedule.
Since the start of the COVID19 pandemic, over 1.2 million children in the WHO European Region have missed out on vaccination that can protect them against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR).
Addressing misinformation and disinformation
All parents want the best for their children, and many have questions or concerns about vaccination. This is normal and your child’s pediatrician or healthcare provider is there to help and answer any questions you may have. By getting information from trusted sources, you can make the best decisions and get your children off to a healthy start in life.
Remember: The measles vaccine has been in use for nearly 60 years. It is safe and it works.