VOV.VN - The Hanoi Health Department has requested that health workers at grassroots levels strictly monitor the vaccination history of children in the city in order to devise vaccination plans in line with current regulations.
VOV.VN -As many as 89 cases of measles have been recorded between April 19 and May 5 in the capital city of Hanoi, according to a report released on May 6 by the Hanoi Centre for Disease Control.
Ho Chi Minh City recorded 3,316 scarlet fever cases suspected of infecting measles in the first three months of 2019, according to the city’s Preventive Medicine Centre.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien on March 9 inspected the prevention of measles in Ho Chi Minh City as there has been an unusually high number of cases recorded in the southern city since the end of 2018.
New cases of communicable diseases in Ho Chi Minh City have gradually declined, but the figure stayed at a high level, said the municipal Preventive Medicine Centre.
The rate of children vaccinated against measles in Ho Chi Minh City is now at 76.2 percent, well below the recommended level of 90 percent plus.
Nearly 90 percent of measles cases reported in Vietnam can be traced to people who were either not vaccinated against the highly contagious virus, received no full vaccinations or had unknown vaccination status.
Thirty-two cases of measles were recorded in Hanoi in the first three weeks of 2019, mostly children who are under five years old and have not been fully vaccinated.
Parents have delayed taking their nine-month-old children to healthcare facilities for measles vaccinations because of insufficient counselling from hospitals and doctors at vaccination centres.
Health centres in Ho Chi Minh City are working to verify how many children aged one to five have not been immunised against measles for a national campaign to provide free two-in-one vaccines against measles and rubella starting this month.
The Ministry of Health has issued a decision approving a plan to give additional measles-rubella (MR) vaccine shots to children in the 1-5 age group in the 2018-2019 period.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has asked hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City to detect, classify and isolate patients with measles, dengue fever or hand-foot-mouth (HFM) disease to avoid cross-contamination.
The HCM City Department of Education and Training has instructed managers of schools to take preventive measures against the spread of contagious disease among students.
An unexpected spike in the number of children catching measles in Hanoi this summer has left doctors worrying about a potential outbreak, given that 90% of the infected children reportedly had yet to receive a vaccination.
As many as 271 cases of measles have been reported in Hanoi since the beginning of this year, compared to just 60 for all of last year.
More than 200 cases of measles have been reported in the capital city of Hanoi since the start of the year compared to just 60 cases that were recorded for the whole of last year, the municipal Department of Health has said.
VOV.VN - Thirty four children in Hanoi are reported to contract measles in the last two months, including one death and the infectious cases tend to increase in the time ahead, according to the Ministry of Health.
Vietnam has successfully produced a combined vaccine against measles and rubella (MR) that can benefit around 1.5 million children and thousands of women preparing to get pregnant.
Ho Chi Minh City from next month will implement a campaign to give the measles–rubella vaccination to about 124,000 people aged 16-17 from 24 districts in the city.
The national campaign on measles-rubella vaccination will be expanded to children aged 16-17 in a bid to prevent and stop the infectious diseases.