April 27, 2020, 15:51
Vaccines protect us throughout our lives and at different ages. It is very important to get the necessary vaccinations on time for health safety. However, the coronavirus outbreak has severely impacted many healthcare services, potentially triggering epidemics of new diseases such as measles and polio.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone’s life. Measures to combat the spread of infection have limited the operation of many services, including essential medical areas.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus could provoke a new round of the spread of infectious diseases preventable by vaccination. These include measles and polio.
Suspension of immunization, even for a short time, increases the risk of an increase in infectious diseases preventable with safe and effective vaccines, according to the agency.
“It is essential that essential health services such as immunization continue to be provided, even during times of emergency,”
- said the mission on the eve of World Immunization Week, which runs from April 24 to 30.
The agency’s experts also cited the example of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was hit hard by a measles outbreak in 2019. There, the disease arose against the backdrop of a new wave of the Ebola epidemic and took the lives of more than 6 thousand people.
In addition, it is noted that outbreaks of new diseases can provoke an overload of health systems, which at this stage are already busy fighting the consequences of COVID-19. The head of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is convinced that the world should not forget about the possibility of losing achievements in the fight against dangerous diseases, and the lack of vaccination will lead to their spread.
The fact is that before all this story with the coronavirus, the world community managed to achieve success in immunizing children. WHO estimates that 86% of children under five years of age were vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough in 2018. In 2000 the number was 72%, and in 1980 it was only 20%.
At the same time, cases of paralysis due to polio in children have been reduced by 99.9 percent worldwide. That is why the observance of seasonal vaccinations is so important for the health of children and adults. According to the WHO, immunization of 95 percent of people can provide complete protection against outbreaks of infectious diseases that are prevented by vaccines.