There are 16 countries in Africa with higher vaccination rates than the U.S.
While parts of North America are experiencing the worst measles outbreak in 15 years, a new report shows that Africa has increased immunization rates significantly, making the continent a world leader in protecting children against the disease.
The widespread availability of safe and affordable vaccines in even the most volatile and poor regions of African countries has seen immunization rates surpass those of in the US, according to the 2015 Africa Survey, an annual report by Good Governance Africa (GGA).
The US has a 91% vaccination rate, while in Canada, which is currently experiencing an outbreak in Toronto, it is 84%, according to a UN estimate. A 95% rate is required for so-called "herd immunity".