October 13, 2015
While cases of rubella have declined dramatically worldwide since 2000, reported elimination and control in 2014 lags behind WHO goals to eliminate rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in two regions before year’s end and in five regions by 2020, according to MMWR.
“Recent and future rubella-containing vaccine introductions provide an opportunity and motivation to establish and achieve regional rubella and congenital rubella syndrome elimination goals,” Gavin B. Grant, MD, of the CDC’s global immunization division, and colleagues wrote. “However, key challenges to achieving rubella elimination goals include civil unrest (Eastern Mediterranean Region), weak health care delivery systems with low routine vaccination coverage (African and South-East Asia Region), and vaccination hesitancy (European Region).”