Close on the heels of a six-year-old girl’s death after the MR vaccination, 13 children were admitted to the Civil Hospital here on Monday after they were administered the vaccine in their schools.Most of them are stable and under treatment, while one of them was referred to a private hospital, as his condition was initially stated to be critical. He too is now stable, claimed the Civil Hospital authorities. A majority of the children admitted at the hospital are suffering from fever with rashes, vomiting and anxiety attacks. While seven children were vaccinated on the same day, the remaining six were vaccinated on different dates in the past one week. Six of these children were discharged after their condition stabilised on Monday evening, while the other seven, including the one at the private hospital, were kept under observation.Talking to The Tribune, Dr Satish Jindal, paediatrician at the Civil Hospital, said, “Six children with minor complications such as mild fever, headache and anxiety attacks, stabilised and were discharged in the evening after being given immediate medical care. The remaining children would be kept under observation. All children admitted at the hospital are in a stable condition now. Rashes coupled with fever among children three to six days after the vaccination is a common factor. These children require minimal medical care and are discharged after some time.”Apart from these 13 children who were admitted at the hospital, around half a dozen other children — who were vaccinated on or before May 7 and experienced minor health issues — visited the hospital for treatment. Deputy Commissioner Diparva Lakra could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.Civil Surgeon Hari Narain Singh said, “You can call up the Senior Medical Officer. I can comment only when I am in office on Tuesday.” Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Satish Goyal said, “We have a district immunisation officer for the campaign who can speak on the issue.”
Abohar schools shun driveAbohar: The Recognised and Affiliated Schools Association (RASA) on Monday decided to distance itself from the programme.RASA state vice president Sham Lal Arora said many parents had conveyed to schools that they would not allow their children to be administered the vaccine as the Department was not ready to own responsibility over its side-effects. — OC
Mild symptoms common: Expert
Side-effects of the measles and rubella vaccine are common. “It is a well-documented phenomenon in medical literature that fever, rash or nausea can commonly happen after administering the drug,” said Dr Payare Lal Garg, a paediatric surgeon and a health activist. He said India’s National Operational Guidelines, 2017, too caution about adverse reactions to the MR vaccine.
Sarpanches roped in for campaignMuktsar: As a number of people are showing unwillingness to get their kids vaccinated for measles and rubella diseases, the district administration has now roped in sarpanches to motivate them and make the drive successful. The district administration has even held some meetings with sarpanches and appealed to them to spread awareness among people in the villages. — TNS
- Slight pain and tenderness may occur within 24 hours, sometimes followed by mild fever
- About 7-12 days after the vaccination, up to 5% of the individuals may experience fever. The fever may occasionally 1/3,000) induce febrile seizures.
- Thrombocytopenic purpura occurs in approximately 1 in 30,000 vaccinated individuals.
- One serious but extremely rare adverse effect is anaphylaxis due to measles vaccine. The risk is as low as 1 in 1 million vaccinated children.
- Arthralgia/joint pain can also occur when administered to adolescents or adults (As per National Operational Guidelines, 2017)