Ukrainian health officials reported an additional 2,138 measles cases in the past week, up 15 percent from the week prior.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

During the week ending Nov. 24, 729 adults and 1,409 children were positive for measles.

Since the beginning of 2018, the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine has reported 42,040 measles cases (15,864 adults and 26,176 children). Of this total, 15 people have died.

Lviv has reported the most cases with 8,835, followed by  Ivano-Frankivsk (4,297), Transcarpathian (3,979) and Odessa region (2,623).

In the capital of Kyiv, 2,556 cases were reported.

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Health officials continue to encourage immunization; in fact, they call it a matter of national security, since the health of Ukrainians – all together and everyone in particular – depends on the level of vaccination coverage in the country.

As of November 1, the number of children who received the first dose of MMR in time was 76.1%, two doses of MMR – 77.5%.

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In each region of Ukraine there are sufficiently high-quality and effective vaccines for planned and enhanced immunization.