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Measles, boom in cases. Bassetti: “Vaccination is needed between the ages of 15 and 35” – Primocanale.it

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Measles, boom in cases.  Bassetti: “Vaccination is needed between the ages of 15 and 35” – Primocanale.it

Measles Cases on the Rise in Italy, Urgent Call for Vaccinations

GENOVA – In a concerning trend, there have been more cases of measles in Italy in 2024 compared to all of 2023, indicating a rise in the number of cases. Matteo Bassetti, director of the Liguria inter-company infectious diseases department, highlighted the importance of raising awareness among both doctors and the public, especially in the 15-35/40-year-old age range, regarding vaccination against measles.

Bassetti pointed out that in 2023, there were over 30 thousand cases of measles reported in Europe, with 75% of them occurring in unvaccinated individuals, leading to over 20 thousand hospitalizations. This data emphasizes the severity of the disease and the importance of vaccination, as contracting measles can lead to serious complications.

While vaccination coverage in Italy currently stands at 85%, it falls short of the target of 95%. Bassetti stressed the need for everyone to work together to increase awareness about the importance of vaccination, especially among young adults, as Italy may soon see a measles epidemic if precautions are not taken.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, with one person capable of infecting between 12 and 18 unprotected individuals. Bassetti emphasized the need for complete vaccination to prevent the spread of the disease and protect against complications, with the second vaccination dose providing 99% coverage.

Reflecting on a past measles epidemic in Genoa in 2008, which led to over 100 hospitalizations, Bassetti also condemned the practice of “measles parties,” where individuals intentionally expose children to the virus.

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In light of the rising cases of measles, health officials are urging the public to prioritize vaccination and take preventative measures to avoid a potential outbreak in Italy.

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