One common argument some parents make for declining vaccines for their children is that vaccines are not necessary—that their children are unlikely to get sick even if they are not vaccinated. Perversely, this argument relies in part on parents’ confidence that many other…

Samoa’s measles outbreak has now killed 55 people—most of them children under 4—and infected over 3,800, RNZ reports.  

The measles epidemic in Samoa has killed 25 people and infected over 2,000—most of them under age 3, the Samoa Observer reported. Schools are closed, large gatherings banned, and vaccinations mandatory under a new medical state of emergency. Health workers are aiming to…

Countries are scrambling to crack down on anti-vaxxers amid a 300% rise in measles cases the last few years.

When a teenager was diagnosed with measles at a health clinic in Rockland County, NY, last October, the clock started ticking. What was at stake wasn’t just the public’s health—America’s WHO-certified measles-free status could be revoked if the outbreak wasn’t contained…

Unprecedented flooding has displaced or affected nearly 1 million people in South Sudan, Deutsche Welle reports.    No hospital, surgeon, no cold chain. That’s the reality in the worst-affected areas, MSF reports.  

Once-rare measles outbreaks are returning to many African countries, where low vaccination coverage leaves many vulnerable.   About 44% of the world’s 2019 cases, as of September, were recorded in Africa—including a major outbreak in Madagascar with more than 150,000 cases…

Madagascar. The DRC. The Philippines. Ukraine. An “alarming upsurge” of measles outbreaks in these countries and more has WHO experts on high alert, asking governments to double down on vaccination efforts. Measles cases rose a shocking 300% in the first 3 months of 2019…

Sounding “an alarm bell that is ringing across the world,” the WHO announced yesterday that 4 European countries—the UK, Greece, Albania and the Czech Republic—have lost their measles elimination status, France24 r

The Ebola outbreak has spread to a third province in the DRC.  2 new cases, including 1 death, were recorded in South Kivu, more than 700 kilometers south of the outbreak’s source, according to Reuters.