Parents express fears over Measles, Rubella vaccination


SOME residents of Chainda Township have expressed unknown fears to take their children for the measles and rubella vaccination.

Ms Ethel Muyunda, a mother of two, said that she was not sure whether to take her children for vaccination or not, stating that she was scared that the vaccination would have side effects.

Ms Mulenga said that there was need for more sensitisation by health practitioners to explain if at all the immunisation could have side effects.

“I am skeptical about this vaccination because I don’t know if it can have negative side effects on my children or not. Nevertheless, I will take my five year daughter for the same immunisation on Monday,” she said.

But another resident Mulenga Phiri said that she had taken her seven months son for vaccination at Chelston clinic and stated that it was a normal, safe and important procedure, saying that parents and guardians who would not take their children for the immunisation would only put their young ones at risk.

Meanwhile, Martha Ngulube, a resident of Chelston, said that she had taken her three children aged three, seven and 12 years for immunisation and urged other parents and guardians to do the same as it was for their own benefit.

Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya on Monday launched the national measles and rubella vaccination week aimed at targeting children aged between 9 months to 15 years as well as pregnant mothers which is being held under the theme ‘reach every child’.

Dr Chilufya said that Government would continue to strengthen campaigns against diseases that could be prevented through the use of vaccines and also primary health care.

The vaccination exercise runs from September, 19th to 24th 2016 and is free of charge at all health centers.

Rubella causes death of unborn children and lifelong disabilities while measles can cause blindness.