The CDC released its latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on November 11, 2016. In it, the authors discuss the world-wide push to eliminate measles through vaccination.
From 2000–2010, global vaccination coverage with the first dose of measles-containing vaccine (MCV1) increased from 72% to 85%, and annual measles incidence decreased from 146 reported cases per 1 million population to 50 cases per 1 million.
During 2000–2015, an estimated 20.3 million deaths were prevented by measles vaccination, and measles incidence decreased 75%, from 146 to 36 cases per 1 million population. The number of countries providing the second dose of measles-containing vaccine (MCV2) nationally through routine immunization services increased to 160 (82%) in 2015, and global MCV2 coverage was 61%. In 2015, a total of 184 million persons were vaccinated against measles during supplementary immunization activities. Although measles vaccination has saved millions of lives since 2000, data indicate that the progress toward elimination goals has slowed since 2010.