What you need to know about measles and how to work with refuseniks

What you need to know about measles and how to work with refuseniks

Since the beginning of the year, more than 13 thousand cases of measles infection have been recorded in Kazakhstan, of which more than 80% are children. Despite the fact that only those who are in serious condition are hospitalized, infectious diseases hospitals are overcrowded in some regions. Measles is a highly contagious infectious vaccine-controlled disease. According to the national vaccination calendar in Kazakhstan, the first dose of measles vaccine is given at 12-15 months of age, followed by revaccination at 6 years old or in the first grade. The vaccine protects against measles by 99.9%. Given that this is a controlled infection, with mass vaccination, children should not get sick, as is happening now.

Unfortunately, many parents currently refuse vaccination, not understanding what their children are risking in the aftermath. Few people know that after measles for another 6 months, the child’s immunity remains reduced and the risk of developing secondary infections is very high, and there is also a risk of developing long-term consequences such as: progressive, disabling and fatal brain disease associated with measles infection (rubella), usually developing 7-10 years after a person gets sick with measles, even if it seems that the person has completely recovered from the disease – the areas of the brain responsible for breathing, cardiac activity and, as a result, coma and death are damaged.

Employees of the Semey Department of Internal Medicine within the framework of the school of preventive medicine under the guidance of Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor A.A. Dyusupova, Associate Professor O.A. Yurkovskaya, together with the 712 group of GP, on 24.11 and 11/28/2023, at the request of the chief physician of polyclinic No. 7, Gaukhar Karakhanova Sagandykovna, within the framework of the school of preventive medicine, held a training seminar for employees of polyclinic No. 7 of the pediatric department (branch) about how to work with the parents of refuseniks. It is planned to hold a school for parents about the dangers of measles in order to convey important information about the need for vaccination.

Categories: Seminars