Assam: MR Vaccine causing infertility is a rumour- Dr Ilias Ali

In Assam rumours have been circulated that MR Vaccine causes infertility and only targeting to particular section of the society- Dr Ilias Ali .


Guwahati

India is committed to the goal of measles elimination and control of Rubella/ congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020.To achieve this goal, this campaign is being launched in the country covering all the children of 9 months to below 15 years of age group.

Unfortunately  in some areas of Assam rumours have been circulated by miscreants that  MR Vaccine causes infertility and this  vaccination drive is  only targeting to particular section of the society. Rumours  are  also circulated that this vaccine causes various types of new diseases.  It is to be mentioned that similar rumours were also  circulated  last  years during  the drive of Japanese encephalitis  vaccination.

Therefore it is requested that all the parents come forward to extend your full support to the health department in getting your children vaccinated in this campaign and make India free from measles and congenital rubella syndromes.

Prof Dr Ilias Ali

About Measles Rubella Vaccination  By Prof Dr Ilias Ali

India is committed to the goal of measles elimination and control of Rubella/ congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020.To achieve this goal, this campaign is being launched in the country covering all the children of 9 months to below 15 years of age group. 

Measles –Rubella (MR) campaign in the country has been launched in a phased manner from Feb 2017 onwards. It is expected to cover around 41 crore children in the next two years across the country. All children aged between 9 months and less than 15 years will be given a single shot of Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination irrespective of their previous Measles/Rubella vaccination status or MMR vaccination or Measles/Rubella disease status. MR vaccine will be provided free- of- cost across the states from session sites at schools as well as health facilities and outreach session sites.

The vaccine is a safe & effective WHO Prequalified vaccine; also it is with  Auto-Disable one time usable syringe i.e. One new syringe for every child is used in the campaign  and Health department across India is using Auto Disabled syringes in immunization programme since 2005.

Measles is a deadly disease and one of the important causes of death in children. It is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing of an infected person. Measles can make a child vulnerable to life-threatening complications such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and brain infection. India accounts for a significant number of deaths from measles.    

Assam: MR Vaccine causing infertility is a rumour- Dr Ilias Ali

 

Rubella is generally a mild infection, but has serious consequences if infection occurs in pregnant women, causing congenital Rubella syndrome (CRS), which is a cause of public health concern. CRS is characterized by congenital anomalies in the foetus and newborns affecting the eyes (glaucoma, cataract), ears (hearing loss), brain (microcephaly, mental retardation) and heart defects, causing a huge socio-economic burden on the families in particular, and society in general.

Till date MR vaccination campaign completed in 20 states & UTs of India, 6 states & UTs continuing the campaign. Total 11.85 crores (118.5 million) children safely vaccinated in 26 states/UTs. In Assam, till date we have successfully vaccinated more than 60 lakh children. State of Assam has a wonderful eVIN (Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) mechanism since Nov’2016 to ensure quality management of Vaccines. This system gives real-time monitoring of cold chain temperatures up to the Primary health Centre level ensured that vaccines are stored in recommended temperature at all times in ILR ( Ice lined refrigerator) as per Government of India guidelines with recommended temperature of 2-8 degree celcius.

Above 95% population immunity essential to stop endemic measles and rubella virus circulation i.e. why it is important that all the eligible children get vaccinated during this campaign inspite of their previous vaccination of MR/MMR vaccines.

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