Officials appeal for vaccination against measles


Taking note of the rising cases of measles in Malappuram, the Indian Academy of Paediatricians stepped in and appealed for vaccination amid the reportedly alarming hike in the cases. The officials said that the Malappuram district was the worst hit.  “As of now, all states are facing a measles outbreak. In Kerala, Malappuram is the most affected. 160 cases of measles reported in the dist. So far, there hasn›t been any mortality due to measles in the district,» said Dr Jose Ouseph, State President of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Kerala.
His remarks came in the wake of the declining rate of immunisation for measles after the pandemic.
«There is a chance of it spreading in the coming days. So, we›re pushing for maximum vaccination coverage in the affected areas,» Dr Jose added. On November 24, The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday (local time) said that measles immunisation had dropped significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began, resulting in a record high of nearly 40 million children missing a vaccine dose last year.