More than 207 000 children under 15 vaccinated against measles in the Western Cape
The Western Cape’s Health & Wellness Department has reiterated its call to parents and caregivers to vaccinate their children against measles.
As of 22 February 2023, a total of 207 191 measles vaccines have been administered provincially. The department said this translates to 12% of the 1 727 392 children under the age of 15 that need to be vaccinated as part of the ongoing campaign by 31 March 2023.
Measles is extremely contagious and is one of the most easily spread viruses that infects humans. Symptoms usually include fever, cough, red eyes and a rash. Prevention and control of measles outbreaks can only be achieved through vaccination.
The Western Cape’s aim is to have 95% of children under the age of 15 immunised against measles as this would prevent outbreaks and provide greater immunity for our children against severe disease.
the coordinator of the Western Cape’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation, Sonia Botha, said vaccination is the best option to combat the disease.
“We applaud our various vaccination teams for their efforts to ensure that our children are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. The contributions of the private sector, with its 9 601 measles vaccines administered to date as part of the campaign, are also appreciated. Those parents and caregivers wanting to vaccinate their children, may visit a pharmacy, clinic or private healthcare provider. We also thank the many parents who have supported our campaign since the beginning of the month. Those who still need to vaccinate their children against the measles are urged to do so without delay at their nearest clinic.’’
‘’Through the ongoing measles campaign, we aim to interrupt measles transmission amongst our communities. Children 6 months to 15 years of age are included for vaccination during the outbreak response and nationwide campaign. Most side-effects from vaccination are minor and quickly disappear. Severe allergic reactions are rare. If any reaction is severe or persistent, or if you are worried about your child, please contact your healthcare worker or doctor,’’ added Botha
Done By: Mitchum George