Vietnam increases vaccination to curb measles pandemic

The Ministry of Health March 3 said that upon the complicated development of measles in the world, especially in the Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for policy makers, medical workers and parents in the globe to take their children to hospitals for vaccination in a bid to curb measles pandemic. 

As per WHO’s statistics, in 2014 and the first months of 2015, there were over 22,100 measles cases, which threatens the Europe’s target of eliminating the disease. Molecular analysis of measles virus isolates from some cases revealed that the D8 genotype is causing the disease at present.

The outbreak of the disease in Europe is because residents have weak immune system; worse, more and more parents refused vaccination.

Accordingly, the Department of Preventive Medicine issued warning of outbreaks of many cases of measles and pertussis ( or whooping cough) or some other infectious diseases that are due to not full vaccination or not injected vaccine. Worse, more and more babies from 2 to 4 months are infected with whooping cough and children from 9 to 12 months are infected with measles.

The Department pointed out the cause of the rampant outbreak of the disease is that parents are not fully understand the importance of vaccination and schedule of immunization.

By Nguyen Quoc – Translated by Anh Quan

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