Two-thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict zones
World Immunization Week highlights gap in protecting children's health
NEW YORK/GEVEVA - Nearly two-thirds of unimmunized children live in countries affected by conflict, according to The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
"Conflict creates an ideal environment for disease outbreaks," said Robin Nandy, chief of immunization, UNICEF. "Children miss out on basic immunizations because of the breakdown - and sometimes deliberate destruction - of vital health services. Even when medical services are available, insecurity in the area often prevents them from reaching children."
The number of childhood illnesses and related deaths could potentially be reduced if children were inoculated against measles and respiratory infections, among other illnesses.
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