Due to the security situation, mobile field teams are operating in the front-line territories, which vaccinate children and adults. This was announced by the chief medical officer Ihor Kuzin at a briefing on September 5. He noted that in the Donetsk region, the vaccination rate among children aged 2-6 years is currently 42.3%. They received the first dose of measles. The number of those who received the second dose is twice as small – only 22.9% of children aged 7-17 years old, who are in the territory controlled by Ukraine, were vaccinated. In the Zaporizhia region, 61.3% of children received the 1st dose, and 30.4% received the 2nd dose. In the Kherson region, the situation is somewhat different, the number of children who received the second dose is significantly higher than the number of children under the age of 6. Therefore, 17.1% have the 1st dose, 42.2% have the second dose. The Ministry of Health reminded that vaccination against measles is mandatory for attending full-time education. To obtain a certificate, you must also have: 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine (completed course of vaccinations); 1 dose of tuberculosis vaccine (vaccination course completed); 4 doses of pertussis vaccine (vaccination course completed); 5 doses of vaccine against tetanus and diphtheria; 5 doses of poliomyelitis vaccine; 3 doses of the vaccine against Hib infection (completed course of vaccinations). “If the recommended vaccinations are missed, for example, due to moving to another city, parents should contact the vaccination point or family doctor and make up for them. This is a matter of individual protection for each child against diseases that can be prevented by vaccination,” said the Deputy Minister, Chief State sanitary doctor of Ukraine Ihor Kuzin. According to the Center for Public Health, for the first half of 2023: only 40.7% of six-year-old children were vaccinated against tuberculosis; 44.2% – against viral hepatitis B; 25.2% – against whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus; 41.7% – against poliomyelitis; 46.5% – against Hib infection; 39.8% – against measles, mumps, rubella. The lowest rates of vaccination coverage in these age groups are registered in Lviv, Odesa, Volyn, Vinnytsia, and Ternopil regions. Read also: The probability of a measles outbreak this year is very high: why is it dangerous?
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