Health Minister reports decrease in uptake of measles vaccines

by April 15th, 2019

The Health Minister has expressed concern that there has been a decrease in the uptake of vaccines over the last few years.

 

Dr. Christopher Tufton notes that to stop measles from spreading, 95% of children in the country need to be fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine.

 

He notes that below optimum coverage, increases the risk of an outbreak for the country.

 

 

The Health Minister notes that there are several reasons for the declining uptake of vaccines, including people in the population who are against taking vaccines for various reasons.

 

He adds that the Ministry could also revamp its vaccination campaign.

 

 

Recent outbreaks of measles in the region prompted the Government to change the age at which children were required to receive the MMR2 vaccine from between 4 and 6 years to 18 months.