A Leading Cause of Death Worldwide for Kids Is… the Measles?

A Leading Cause of Death Worldwide for Kids Is… the Measles?

Being unvaccinated holds many risks, no matter where you live.

Kids are born, they don’t die. This is a dream we have in our heads-the truth, however, is much different.

According to Unicef, 29,000 children under the age of five die each day around the world and shockingly, one of the top reasons for their death is something that’s entirely avoidable: measles.

How does this illness kill a child? Measles causes the brain to swell, and can give children severe diarrhea that results in extreme dehydration, leading to death. It can also result in a serious respiratory infection like pneumonia, which kills them.

Related: Who Knew Chickenpox Could Be This Dangerous: Here’s Why There is Now a Vaccine

While many of the deadly cases of measles are found among malnourished children in developing countries, not all are. A recent report tells of 35 children who died from measles in an outbreak that seems to be growing, in Europe.

The World Health Organization is calling it an “unacceptable tragedy” as the deaths are basically entirely preventable by vaccine.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that spreads through the air and it’s estimated that up to 90% of unvaccinated people who come in contact with it, will fall sick.

If you’re on the fence about vaccinations, know that the link created between autism and vaccines has been discredited by the medical establishment, and the person who started it, barred from practicing medicine.

Vaccines do much more good than harm and could keep your child alive and away from a senseless premature end. Find out how to be vaccinated.

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