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Low vaccination rate to be managed

Published Mar 24, 2019 at 16:44
(Updated March 24, 2019 at 4:44 pm)

  •   A working group has been set up to address vaccination problems.

    A working group has been set up to handle vaccination problems.

The Ministry of Health has created a working group to address the fear of Bermuda's lack of immunization.

The working group contains departmental staff, general practitioners and the general public and will concentrate on education.

The department said it was desirable that parents vaccinate their children against measles, colts and rubella and all of them receive all other vaccines in Bermuda immunization childhood schedule on time.

Children should get their first shot at the age of 1

5 months and another at four to six years of age.

Health secretary Kim Wilson said during the budget debate that statistics for last year showed that Bermuda's immunization coverage is 78 percent, well below the global target of 95 percent.

She added: "Vaccine doubt is a prime challenge."

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health said that low vaccination coverage increased the vulnerability of recurrent vaccine preventable diseases including measles, diphtheria and whooping cough.

The spokeswoman added that evidence has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that showed that vaccines were safe and effective.

She said that a study in Denmark had not found any link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

But the spokeswoman added: "Outbreaks of fairs occurring all over the world remain a threat to Bermuda.

" Travel in and out of Bermuda increases the risk of someone coming to Bermuda with measles. "

People with measles may experience fever, cough, runny nose and watering eyes followed by rash

The virus can spread through sneezing, coughing and close contact and can live in a room for up to two hours after a measles present.

added: "Choosing not to vaccinate can be serious, besides discomfort for suffering and discomfort caused by illness.

"A child who is considered to have measles may need to be kept at home for up to three weeks."

"They won't be able to go to school or nursery or participate in their regular activities, even if they feel better, until the tests show they can't spread the measles virus.

" Blood samples are necessary and can take up to two weeks to get the final results. Family members and close contacts may need to stay home during this time as well.

"This can mean long-term leave from work, inability to leave the house to do normal activities and limited travel.

" Restriction is necessary to prevent measles virus spreading to others. "

For more information on vaccination or to make an agreement, contact the Hamilton Health Center at 278-6460.

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