The European continent has recorded an alarming increase in measles cases in recent months, mainly due to the decline in vaccination campaigns. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned this Friday that the health consequences could be dramatic. “Vaccinate yourself and your children”, recommends the WHO in the face of the resurgence of measles cases in recent months. Last year, Europe had around 42,000 cases and this year there are fears of a rebound due to the decline in vaccination. According to Lisa Manning, team leader of the agency’s vaccine department, “people don’t understand the risk of not getting vaccinated.” This virus is one of the most contagious in existence and, for the moment, there is no specific treatment for measles. Only high vaccination coverage could allow the eradication of this disease, which the WHO hopes for in the future, even if it cannot predict the moment. “The vaccines are scientifically proven and have minimal side effects,” Manning said. Related news standard No Concern in the UK over the increase in measles cases: they have quadrupled since 2021 ABC report Yes The year science made 10,000 mistakes Judith de Jorge “It is normal for people to worry “We should trust the vaccine since it has been administered for decades,” he added. Although vaccination against measles is compulsory, certain categories of the population are not vaccinated, such as adolescents, young adults or people who live in areas far from a health center. For this virus to stop circulating, it is essential that the entire population is vaccinated and that vaccine books are up to date. In Europe, the measles virus has been actively circulating since the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, this virus was almost not circulating. However, in 2023, a considerable increase in the number of cases has been observed . According to WHO data from January 2024, between January and November last year, 2,242 cases were recorded in Europe. Mild side effects The UN health agency warns of the danger of not getting vaccinated with the second dose, as the majority of measles cases have been found to occur in people who have not been correctly vaccinated. Due to low vaccination coverage, cases in Europe are expected to continue to increase in the coming months. “With two doses of vaccine, it is very rare to get measles and if you do get it, it would be ‘mini-measles,'” Manning said. As for possible side effects, they are very mild and do not always appear. A little fever or eye inflammation that only lasts a few days,” he stressed.