Measles vaccinations under way

2017-06-30 06:01

MANY children are at risk of getting measles and Department of Health and EG and Usher Memorial Hospital is visiting schools and community halls to vaccinate children to prevent measles.

Andile Pani, the hospital’s communications officer said the campaign started on June 12 and will end on June 30 and encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated.

“Parents, caregivers and guardians must make sure that consent forms are signed and returned to crèches or nursery schools in order for children to be vaccinated. The vaccination is offered in clinics, health centres, primary schools and hospitals,” said Pani.     

Symptoms of measles include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash. Complications can include lung infections, diarrhoea, dehydration, blindness, brain infection or death, however children can recover if they can get early treatment.
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