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Additional vaccination of the population against measles can be held in Kazakhstan

by February 5, 2019 Market

The situation with the incidence of measles in Kazakhstan was presented by Vice-Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexey Tsoi at a briefing at the end of a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, reports with reference to the MIA “Kazinform”

We currently have 1,876 confirmed measles cases, among them children under 14 are 1,426, or 76%. The incidence is recorded mainly among unvaccinated children, which is 64% of all cases. There are various moments: there is a failure to reach the vaccination age, medical withdrawals, there are also refusals from vaccination, said Alexey Tsoi, answering journalists’ questions.

According to the data, there were no new confirmed cases of measles for the last 24 hours. In general, 105 patients are currently receiving treatment, 1,771 patients completed treatment in Kazakhstan. At the moment, we have not reached the threshold for measles, but we are carrying out all preventive measures. Compared to last year, of course, there is a growth, it is caused by a similar growth in all our neighboring states.

In general, the whole of Europe is on fire, our closest neighbors are Russia, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan, so we are now conducting additional analysis and consulting with the World Health Organization on possible additional immunization of the population, said Alexey Tsoi.

He also clarified which population group is planned to be covered by additional immunization.

That is, we want to cover those groups that were not covered earlier. In the 90s, we had failures both with the supply and with vaccination, and the population that at that time may not have received these vaccines, it is desirable that they be vaccinated. Children are now vaccinated with us from the year on the recommendation of WHO. And we already had this practice, when measles was raised in 2015, we vaccinated children from 9 months in order to protect them. Up to 9 months, vaccination is ineffective because immunity must be acquired by the child from the mother. Accordingly, we are now planning age groups, especially women of childbearing age and men under 40 years of age. Now, the issue of additional immunization is also being worked out in order to raise their immunity further, so that they can pass it on to their children and protect themselves, said Alexey Tsoi.

Source: Central Communications Service of the Ministry of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan