Thursday, 13 Dec 2018

UNICEF delivered another 800,000 doses of vaccine to Ukraine measles

In Ukraine, the “Prioriks” vaccine produced by GlaxoSmithKline is supplied, which has state registration and is prequalified by WHO, the website says. MH .

In February, through the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, through an acute need, the accelerated delivery of 220,000 doses of the KPC vaccine for the response to a measles outbreak was carried out. In total this year Ukraine will receive more than 2 million doses of measles vaccine. This amount should be sufficient for vaccination against measles for all age groups of children who need it.

The Ministry of Health and UNICEF urge parents to vaccinate children according to the calendar of preventive vaccinations: a year and six years.

Let’s remind, for the first three months of 2018 in Ukraine measles fell ill almost 10 thousand people , eight deaths have been reported.

Measles is an extremely contagious, serious disease of a viral origin. The measles virus is usually transmitted through direct contact, as well as through the air, infects the mucosa, and then spreads through the body.

The first sign of measles is usually a significant increase in temperature, which occurs approximately 10-12 days after exposure to the virus and lasts from 4 to 7 days. At this initial stage, a runny nose, cough, redness of the eyes and lacrimation may appear, as well as small white spots on the inner surface of the cheeks. A few days later, a rash appears, usually on the face and upper neck. After about 3 days the rash spreads through the body and eventually appears on the hands and feet, lasts 5-6 days and then disappears.

Most measles deaths are due to complications associated with this disease. The most common complications develop in children under the age of five years or in adults over 20 years of age. The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that leads to brain edema), severe diarrhea and associated dehydration, ear infections and severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.

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