1. Main
  2. Learn
  3. Life
  4. Health

Possible causes of negative reactions to measles vaccination

©REUTERS ©REUTERS

Doctors have released a preliminary statement on the possible causes of the adverse reactions to vaccination against measles in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports. 190 million tenge were spent to purchase the vaccines.

The final results will be announced in May when the examination conducted by interdepartmental work group are be ready. The group is composed of representatives of the Committee for Protection of Consumer Rights of the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, national medical centers and WHO office in Kazakhstan.

190 million tenge (over 1 million) was spent to purchase the vaccines. But the measles vaccination campaign in Kazakhstan was suspended on February 19, 2015 after adverse events were registered following the immunization of persons aged 15-19 years. The suspension will continue until May 4. In the meanwhile the quality of the vaccine was found to be in compliance with the requirements of the regulative documents.

Chief State Sanitary Doctor Zhandarbek Bekshin presented the preliminary findings of the investigation on April 21.

“Preliminarily, we can say that there were 399 complaints after the vaccination. Of this number, 19 cases - 4.8 percent - had the reaction that can be expected after the vaccination. In 93 cases, sicknesses simply coincided with the period of vaccination; they were ordinary somatic diseases and in some cases exacerbated chronic cases. And in 287 cases, it was connected with the psycho-emotional state of adolescence. This includes teenagers registered who did not receive the vaccine but had similar symptoms," Bekshin said at the press conference in Astana.

Vice-Minister of Health and Social Development of Kazakhstan Alexey Tsoi said that an assessment of the appeals against the additional measles vaccination was made.

"It was established that they were associated with a set of organizational factors. Those were: lack of public awareness about the safety of the vaccines; lack of awareness about the expected normal reactions to the vaccine, such as headache, weakness, slight temperature rise, irritability; organizational and planning shortcomings, such as conducting vaccination in crowded places or in uncomfortable conditions," he said.

According to Tsoi, the list of complainants was dominated by teenage girls. "This is due to the peculiarities of adolescence, increased susceptibility, susceptibility to external influences, and emotional instability. There were also cases of overreaction by healthcare workers, which led to hospitalization of teenagers without express symptoms," Tsoi said.

Reporting by Assemgul Kassenova, writing by Dinara Urazova


Nobel prizewinner proposes a new city in KZ
New abnormal snowfalls expected in Kazakhstan
Huge glacier retreat triggered in 1940s
Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
"Moonlight" to top Spirit Awards nominations
Oil prices fall due to investors uncertainty
New dwarf galaxy discovered around Milky Way
Kanat Islam becomes a top ten WBO boxer
World oil prices continue to rise
Kazakhstan expects warming - Kazhydromet
Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor
Sale of Tintin drawings set to break records
US, EU stocks fall as markets focus on dollar
Pacific leaders urged to defend free trade
EU warns eight nations on budget deficit
Universiade-2017: Athletic Village is ready
Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony
Messi will never leave Barca - club president
Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
Aerosmith announces Europe 'farewell' tour
Putin, Trump to normalise US-Russia ties
At least 10 hurt in southern Turkey blast
6.2 quake hits western Japan
OPEC agrees shock oil output cut
Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Peres dies
Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
32,000 arrested in Turkey coup probe
Youth to the fore as Milan fashion week opens
Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany
Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll
Sweden re-militarises Baltic island of Gotland
China to launch second space laboratory: Xinhua
More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA
Boxing: Golovkin eyes Saunders after stopping Brook
Kazakhstan shifts PM to security chief
Oil prices gain despite rising OPEC supply forecast
US to give Philippines military planes
Singapore wages war on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
Italy quake death toll nears 250
Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate
18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake
Japan's first lady visits Pearl Harbor
Pokemon's a no-go on Bangkok's roads
July was Earth's hottest month in modern times
Pakistan rock climbers scale new heights