Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease and is an important cause of death and disability among young children around the world. When one person has measles, 90% of the people they come into close contact with will become infected, if they are not already immune. The symptoms include a high fever, severe skin rash and cough. In 2000, before the Measles & Rubella Initiative was formed, more than 562,000 children died worldwide from complications each year.
More than 100,000 children are born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) each year. Rubella is a viral infection that can result in serious consequences for pregnant women and their children. The lifelong complications and disabilities can have an immeasurable emotional, social, and financial cost for families. Like Measles, Rubella can be prevented with a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine. It costs less than $2 to vaccinate a child against Measles & Rubella, making it an affordable and beneficial cause that anyone can take part in.
The Measles and Rubella Initiative is committed to ensuring that no child dies from Measles or is born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome. We help countries plan, fund, and measure efforts to stop Measles & Rubella for good. Join the American Red Cross Club at TVHS in their efforts to raise money that will be donated towards the Organization! Together, we can make a difference!