Greece to take action against measles threat with targeted vaccinations

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The National Organization for Public Health (EODY) in Greece is preparing a plan to prevent a potential measles epidemic through targeted vaccinations.

While Greece hasn't reported measles cases recently, concerns arise due to a European surge in 2023 and a historical pattern every 5-6 years.

The World Health Organization (WHO) notes a significant vaccination gap in Europe resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic where vaccination schedules were disrupted, with a decline in coverage from 96% in 2019 to 93% in 2022 for the first dose and from 92% to 91% for the second dose. It is estimated that more than 1.8 million infants across Europe missed out on measles vaccination between 2020 and 2022.

EODY identifies a need for urgent measures to counteract the trend. Greece, having experienced three measles epidemics in 2005-2006, 2010-2011, and 2017-2018, with the...

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