1.5 million children a year die from vaccine-preventable diseases

vaccine rates worldwide (E Pluribus Anthony)

1.5 million children around the world still die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, according to a BBC report.

Although vaccines prevent the deaths of between 2 and 3 million children each year, vaccines considered to be routine in developed countries still lack coverage in many poorer regions of the world.

The contrast in vaccination coverage between the developed and developing countries is clear to see on the BBC map.

For example, while North America, Australia and much of Europe enjoy measles vaccination coverage of 90% and above, vaccination rates can sink as low as 42% in sub-Saharan Africa. The results for haemophilus influenzae type b are even more striking – with Nigeria bottom of the table again with just 10% of children receiving all three doses of the vaccine.

Of the vaccine-preventable diseases, pneumococcal diseases and rotavirus are responsible for most infant deaths worldwide, at 32% and 30% respectively.

See the interactive maps in the BBC report here >

Read more: Global eradication: 4 terrible diseases being shown the door

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