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Measles vaccination in Astana is free

by November 20, 2018 Politics

Free measles vaccination started in Astana .

The head of the Department of Public Health of Astana, Sadvakas Baygabulov, told about this during a press conference in the CCS on the topic: Vaccination as the main protection against measles.

In the city of Astana, a seasonal rise in the incidence of measles has begun. Measles is a viral infection transmitted by airborne droplets from a sick person. In the epidemiological process, 90% involve children who are not vaccinated before the age of 1 year and at the age of 1 to 6 years, he said.

As the speaker informed, in November 2018, 38 suspicious cases of measles were recorded in Astana, 20 of them were children vaccinated by the age of one year, 8 – from 1 to 6 years, 5 cases when parents refused vaccination and 2 cases are being specified now .

Currently, 35 children are being treated in the children’s infectious diseases hospital. Satisfactory condition. 3 children discharged. 15 have confirmed laboratory diagnosis of measles. In the outbreaks of contact, 37 people were covered by vaccinations. The situation in the capital is under the control of the Public Health Service of Astana and the organization of primary health care, he said.

Sadvakas Baygabulov also cited disease statistics by year, for example, in 2013 in Astana 8 cases were recorded, in 2014 – 50, in 2015 – 396, in 2016 – 6, in 2017 – 0 and in 2018 – 1 case measles disease (31 year old male).

Currently, according to the speaker, in the city of Astana there is a sufficient number (25,000) of vaccine doses for routine immunization of children at 1 year, 6 years, and also for vaccination of non-vaccinated persons who have come into contact with measles.

In the first 10 months of the current year, 19 144 children were vaccinated against measles with the first vaccination, that is, 83.3% and 15522 children were revaccinated at the age of 6 years, that is, 78.6% of the target group.

Recall the indicative symptoms and signs of measles: fever 38-40 With a duration of 4 to 7 days, signs of SARS in the form of a runny nose, cough, red eyes and tearing, phased eruption on the skin, manifested in stages from head to toe, small white spots on the mucous membrane of the cheeks.

Source of infection: only a sick person in the last days of incubation and in the first 4 days of rash, as well as patients with asymptomatic form of the disease.

Under Verger risk – not vaccinated young children, pregnant women.

Measles is dangerous with complications like otitis, pneumonia, encephalitis.

Prevention – the only effective measure to prevent measles is vaccination.

Vaccination is free!

Preventive vaccinations against measles are given to children aged 1 and 6 years, as well as according to epidemiological indications in the first 72 hours from the moment of contact at the age of 30 years.

In case of suspected measles disease, contact immediately for medical assistance in infectious hospitals of the city.

Source: Ministry of Culture and Sport Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan