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How is the "catch-up" vaccination campaign against measles, rubella and mumps ongoing

Specialists of the Public Health Center visited the Lviv Center for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the coordination of "catch-up vaccination" against measles, mumps and rubella.

The head of the Department of Immunization of the Center for Public Health Andriy Pashinnyi, the Director General of the Lviv Center for Disease Control and Prevention Nataliya Ivanchenko, as well as experts from the Central Health and Regional Center for Disease Control and Prevention took part in the discussion.

"Currently, the issue of vaccination of children against measles is one of the priorities, given the high risk of an outbreak in Ukraine. The vaccine is available to all providers of medical services, regardless of the form of ownership, who have concluded contracts for medical care under the Medical Guarantee Program. The vaccine is available and free of charge," noted Andriy Pashinny.

Let us remind you that measles is a dangerous infectious disease that causes complications: pneumonia, otitis (ear infection), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), panencephalitis (brain disease).

According to the Calendar of preventive vaccinations, the child should receive 2 doses of the CPC vaccine - at 12 months and at 6 years. There is no cure for measles, so vaccination is the only means of protection against the disease.

In Ukraine, a nationwide measles vaccination campaign is underway for children who missed scheduled vaccinations according to the National Vaccination Calendar for any reason, in particular due to active hostilities or quarantine due to COVID-19.

The goal of the campaign was to vaccinate 260,000 children aged 2 to 17 who had not been vaccinated until now.

Center for public health

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