Low measles vaccination rates create risk of outbreaks in European Union countries

Due to lack of confidence by anti-vaccine advocacy groups in the safety of vaccines in general, including the measles vaccine, many European countries have not vaccinated a sufficient proportion of their population to prevent measles virus transmission and outbreaks. Belgium, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom all have vaccination rates lower than the 95% coverage recommended by the World Health Organization. Higher than normal numbers of cases of measles have been reported in these countries.

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