Govt vouches for safety of Measles Rubella vaccine

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sep 10: Amid reports of 25 students falling ill after administering Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination at Sahabad ME Madrassa under Katlicherra revenue circle in Assam, Meghalaya government has asserted that the vaccines are completely safe and essential.
Health and Family Welfare Department, Pravin Bakshi informed that after media reports of 25 students reportedly fell ill after being administered (MR) vaccination in Assam, the Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi was contacted who informed that those students fell ill due to adverse events following immunization (AEFI).

District Immunization Officer, Dr. K. Thambalsena disclosed that the students who were reportedly taken ill after administering of MR vaccine were not due to AEFI but due to anxiety and hysteria induced by injection fear.
The DIO said the AEFI symptoms generally associated with MR vaccine such as rashes were not seen in the incident.
Meanwhile, the health authorities here have asked the people not to panic as MR vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is highly safe with an impassioned plea to extend support and cooperation to the ongoing MR vaccination campaign in the days ahead.
“People should seek clarification about any such reports from district and state authorities,” Bakshi added.


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