PUNE: Doctors from the Indian Academy of Paediatricians (IAP) said that there is a common misconception about the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine as parents expressed concerns over the use of vaccine under the drive by the Central Government.
They, however, said that this vaccine would be very vital in developing herd immunity against measles and rubella.
Speaking about the MR vaccine, Dr Sanjay Lalwani, President, the Indian Academy of Paediatricians, Pune chapter, said the vaccine that is being administered is made by Serum Institute of India.
“This vaccine is used in 185 countries. Over 10 crore children are using this vaccine. It is very efficient and is used globally,” said Dr Lalwani.
He added that the recent MR vaccine has 100 per cent results. “Measles and rubella can severely affect the quality of life of a child and his family. So far, MMR vaccine was given privately, which also included mums, measles and rubella. However, the vaccine, which is given under the drive is more effective,” he said.
Dr Lalwani added that herd immunisation through the vaccine will ensure full safety for the coming generations.
“Rubella does not affect the mother. However, it can cause physical deformities as well as mental retardation among children. Hence, the value of this vaccine becomes more important,” said Lalwani.
He urged parents to trust the cooling facility as the government has a full proof system, which is better than private players.
“Even if the child has had the MMR vaccine, the parents should not be hesitant to give the MR vaccine. They should trust the government set up as the team members, who are administering the vaccine are properly trained. There is fear among parents about the vaccine being given in school. But that should be eliminated too,” said Lalwani.
Speaking about the vaccine, Chief of PMC Health Department Dr Ramchandra Hankare said the vaccine is safe.
“Parents should not panic after hearing rumours. After any vaccine, there might be some reactions, which is normal. If the child shows any reaction, we keep him under observation. The team with us is well trained and well equipped to handle such situation,” said Dr Hankare.