FEBRUARY 26 – I note the statement of the Deputy Minister of Health, published in the media on February 24, 2019, which states that "the vaccination given to children aged nine months and older is now only 89% , and the target is 95% to control any outbreaks. "
There is a doubt that no preventive health intervention is more cost-effective than immunization. Enhancing access to immunization is crucial to prevent suffering and death associated with infectious diseases and to enable national development such as education and economic progress.
According to the WHO, 2 to 3 million deaths are prevented each year and 1.5 million deaths can be avoided if global vaccination is improved.
Vaccines are needed along with good hygiene, hygiene, clean water and nutrition in the fight against infectious diseases. Optimal immunization rate or "herd immunity" should be achieved to prevent the return of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Vaccinations are safe. Each licensed vaccine is tested vigorously in several test phases before it is approved for use and is regularly re-evaluated after it is on the market. Scientific communities are constantly monitoring information from multiple sources for each sign that the vaccine can cause an undesirable event.
Most vaccine reactions are usually insignificant and temporary. On rare occasions, a serious side effect is reported and is immediately investigated. It is much more likely to be seriously injured by a vaccine-preventable disease than a vaccine.
An "adverse event" is any health problem that occurs after a vaccine, which may be a pure coincidence or a vaccine.
Side effects are all health problems shown by studies that are caused by the vaccine, they are usually minor and transient.
The business of everyone is to stop vaccine-preventable diseases.
Healthcare professionals, communities, politicians, regulators, parents, teachers and schools need to step up their efforts to promote the vaccine and remove the barriers to myths and misinformation.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Adolescent Health in its 2017 report, for example, states that midwives and gynecologists, including all healthcare workers, have an important role to educate parents about the importance of vaccination for their men and women.
Every parent needs to understand the benefits of vaccination and the need to protect their children.
It is now time for us to accept solid scientific facts about the benefits and safety of vaccination rather than dealing with dangerous half-heartedness and rumors that can cause lasting harm or death.
We all have to join this noble effort in the fight against preventable vaccine diseases and ensure that every child's health and future will be protected.
* Dr. John Theo is a consultant obstetrician-gynecologist at Kota Kinabalu
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