Ukraine parents overcome jab fears amid deadly measles outbreak – media

15:40, 26 January 2018
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In January, close to 2,100 Ukrainians have already been infected and three of them died, including two children.

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Parents, including those who for years had fears that vaccinations could be harmful to their children, are now queueing at clinics after schools ban from classes unvaccinated students amid this year's measles outbreak.

In 2017, almost 4,800 cases of measles and five fatalities were recorded in Ukraine, according to Yahoo News citing AFP.

Since the start of this year, close to 2,100 Ukrainians have already been infected and three of them died, including two children.

In principle, vaccinations against certain infections are mandatory in Ukraine but there is no punishment for non-compliance.

Read alsoActing Health Minister Suprun calls for tougher responsibility for refusal of vaccinesUkrainian authorities and international organizations blame the outbreak on a lengthy hiatus in immunizations, caused by public resistance to vaccines fanned by news reports and rumors.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 98% vaccination rate to prevent mass hospitalizations and fatalities.

The official vaccination rate from Kyiv should also be interpreted with caution, as there is a widespread practice in Ukraine of buying fake medical certificates to confirm a non-existent vaccination.

According to a study conducted in 2016, 52 percent of health workers have reported that they had been asked for fake vaccination certificates.

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