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Measles: Some Africans better protected than US

A child from the Central African Republic receives a measles vaccination at a refugee camp set up by the UNHCR in Nangungue, eastern Cameroon on April 12, 2013
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Some African countries are better immunized against measles and other diseases than the United States, according to a new report from Good Governance Africa discussed in a recent article in the Guardian.

A measles outbreak originating in California has refueled debates about vaccinating children—even politicians are arguing over whether vaccinations should be mandated.

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Meanwhile, Africa has become a "world leader" in securing immunizations against diseases that used to ravage populations across the continent, according to the Guardian.

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Almost 100 percent of the populations in some African countries are vaccinated, an increase of 39 percent since 2000. Vaccination coverage in the United States trails at about 91 percent.

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The jump is thanks largely to a push among governments and aid organizations to increase immunity. Even still, about 400 children die every day from measles across the continent.

Earlier this year, international aid organization Doctors Without Borders expressed concern over the rising costs of a full vaccination program.

Read the full story in the Guardian.