Measles in Pakistan: Time to make steps towards eradication

Travel Med Infect Dis. 2017 Jul-Aug;18:67-69. doi: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2017.08.002. Epub 2017 Aug 24.

Abstract

World Health Organization (WHO) measles surveillance data report a reduction in cases of measles globally from 67,524 cases in 2015 to 16,846 in 2016, and a reduction in deaths from 546,800 to 114,900 during period of 2000-14. Pakistan is among the five nations where almost a million children did not receive their first dose of measles vaccination, and outbreaks of the disease resulted in 4386 cases in 2011, 14,687 cases in 2012 with 310 deaths. In 2013, about 25,401 cases of measles were reported and 321 affected children died. The measles vaccination coverage is very low in Pakistan for both 1st dose and booster dose. To prevent outbreaks of measles in Pakistan a national vaccination program should be launched side by side with a polio eradication program in each district and township and a campaign should be launched to educate parents on measles vaccination for childrens to reduce the measles case fatality rate.

Keywords: Immunization; Measles; Pakistan.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Disease Outbreaks* / prevention & control
  • Disease Outbreaks* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Immunization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Measles Vaccine*
  • Measles* / epidemiology
  • Measles* / mortality
  • Measles* / prevention & control
  • Pakistan / epidemiology

Substances

  • Measles Vaccine