Around the World: Global Vaccine-Preventable Disease Outbreaks

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The Council on Foreign Relations released an interactive map illustrating outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that have occurred from 2008 to the present. The diseases featured on the map include measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chickenpox and whooping cough. Users can view outbreaks by year, type or region, and read specific information about each outbreak including the number of cases.

Currently, the most common outbreaks occurring are caused by measles. Measles and each of the other diseases featured on the map are easily prevented by vaccination. Sadly, in some parts of the world, vaccination programs are hindered by political, social or economic barriers.

Check out the interactive map to learn more.

Learn more about barriers to immunization.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.