Childhood Vaccine Coverage Stagnates At 86%, Meaning 20M Children Miss Out On Routine Vaccinations, WHO/UNICEF Data Show

The Telegraph: Nearly 20 million children missing out on routine vaccines, U.N. warns
“At least 20 million children worldwide missed out on lifesaving vaccinations last year due to a combination of conflict, lack of access, and complacency, the United Nations has warned. Global coverage for childhood vaccines including diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) and measles has stagnated at roughly 86 percent since 2010, well below the 95 percent required to avert outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. According to data from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, vulnerable children living in remote rural areas, urban slums, and unstable regions are disproportionately affected by gaps in coverage…” (Newey, 7/15).

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