Nearly five million children and young people at risk of measles across Europe

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All these countries have had extended periods of time when 95 per cent vaccination rates have not been achieved.

The ECDC urges countries to ensure that it achieves 95 per cent immunisation targets and to ensure that those who have missed out on vaccinations get them.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU commissioner for health and food safety, said measles should have been eliminated in the European region by 2000.

“However, Europe is still far from being a measles-free continent. These numbers are just unacceptable, especially given that an effective vaccine against the disease has existed since the 1960s.”

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