The UK has eliminated measles for the first time, global health leaders have said.
Elimination of measles or rubella can be verified once a country has sustained “interruption of endemic transmission” for at least 36 months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The UK nearly achieved this in the 1990s but was set badly off course by the MMR scandal, which saw vaccination rates plunge.
Health officials said rates have now reached the recommended 95 per cent coverage level in five-year-olds.
The European Regional Verification Commission said the UK has now achieved elimination status as of 2016 for measles.
In the year of my birth measles killed 127 children. And left some unknown, larger, number permanently blinded and or brain damaged.
The last known case of smallpox (other than infected lab workers) was when I was in secondary school, the declaration of victory just before I left it.
It always rather worries me when people say that living standards aren’t rising. Continuing to live is, I tend to think, a rise in standards. So is parents not having to carry a little white coffin….something the modal family of a century ago was likely to have to do.