by AUDrey | April 28, 2012

In the United States, most infants get a MMR vaccine practically as soon as they are out of the womb. The vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella has basically eliminated the fear of these illnesses in the US. But unfortunately this is not true is many other countries.

Measles is still one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available. Many of deaths were in India and Africa where not enough children were being immunized with the MMR vaccine. In 2010, there were 139,300 measles deaths worldwide. Measles is a highly contagious and serious viral disease. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.

Although 139,300 deaths is still a huge number, it must be noted that there has been a 74% decrease in measles deaths since 2000, mainly thanks to a global vaccination campaign run by WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the American Red Cross and the U.N. Foundation and known as the Global Measles and Rubella Strategic Plan.

The ultimate goal of this plan is to have had a 95% decrease in measles deaths by 2015. The plan set five goals: high vaccination coverage, intense disease surveillance, outbreak preparedness and response, community engagement and research.

This relatively recent progress should give us hope that many diseases will no longer be such a threat. Treatable and preventable diseases should not be killing as many people as they are. Do your part and start by supporting Life Changing Apparel’s campaign to provide clean water to people in need.

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