Following rumours that some children in Mysuru had fallen ill and were hospitalised after being vaccinated against measles-rubella on Tuesday, District Health Officer Dr Basavaraj dismissed the rumours while maintaining that no child was hospitalised and that the vaccination does not have any side effects.
“There were rumours that some schoolchildren were hospitalised post vaccination. It had created panic among parents mostly living in Shanthinagar, Ghosianagar and Kyathmaranahalli. The vaccination is a part of central government’s drive to eliminate measles-rubella by 2020 and it will not harm the health of the children,” Dr Basavaraj clarified, while speaking to media persons on Wednesday.
He advised parents not to fall for rumours and get their wards vaccinated. The District Health and Family Welfare Society, Mysuru, is on a campaign to vaccinate 7,95,788 children in the age group of 9 months to 15 years in the district. The three-week-long immunisation drive will cover schools in the first week followed by anganwadis, villages and health centres in the next two weeks.
As the campaign kick-started on February 7, the rumours which spread like a wildfire had worried parents rushing to schools and taking their children away fearing they will be vaccinated.
On the first day of the vaccination drive in the district, as many as 74,678 out of total 7,95,788 children were vaccinated. While 10,044 children between the age group of nine months and five years were vaccinated, the number of children between the age group of five and 10 years was 29,913. As many as 34,721 children between the age group of 10 and 15 got the immunisation dose on day one.
Dr Basavaraj added that 236 staff members were monitoring 722 centres where the immunisation doses were administered. The staff members were trained for one and half months for the smooth conduct of the drive which will end on February 28.
Eight positive H1N1 cases
Dr Basavaraj said that 21 cases of H1N1 were reported in the district of which eight cases were found positive for H1N1. He said that four of eight patients have already been discharged from the hospital while the remaining patients would be discharged soon.
The DHO cautioned the residents to take care of their health as H1NI was an air-borne virus and was contagious.