Complete measles course

2017-04-27 06:01

With a recent measles outbreak contained and diarrhoea statistics far lower compared with previous years, the City of Cape Town reminds parents and caregivers that completing the course of immunisations and having regular health checks are key to ensuring the health of their children.

The city appeals to parents to be very diligent in ensuring that their children receive the full course of routine vaccinations to prevent them from contracting serious illnesses. World Immunisation Week started on Monday and is aimed at raising awareness about full immunisation coverage and its importance in achieving the 2030 sustainable development goals. It comes shortly after the City and Western Cape Health Department concluded an immunisation campaign necessitated by a measles outbreak at a Stellenbosch school in January 2017. The campaign started on 20 February 2017, targeting children younger than five as well as adolescents under the age of 15 in the hotspot areas affected by the outbreak. A total of 32 positive cases were identified, of which three reside within the boundaries of the Cape metropolitan area.

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