MIH Urges Parents To Get Their Children Vaccinated Against Measles

iStock_21568070_LARGEAs of 21 May, a total of 50 measles cases were reported in 2016, as compared to 17 cases in 2015 during the same period. The Ministry of Health (MOH) reminds parents that measles vaccination is compulsory and they should bring their children for vaccination if they have not done so, or missed the vaccination schedule. Thirty four of the 40 local cases this year were children — 17 (42.5%) were children under the age of one year who were not due for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination; while 14 (35%) were children between the age of one to six years who had missed their MMR vaccination and three were children at the age of one year who had received only one dose of MMR vaccination. In Singapore, measles vaccination for children is mandated under the Infectious Diseases Act. Under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule, the first dose of the MMR vaccination should be given at 12 months and the second dose at 15 to 18 months. MOH reminds parents that it is important to ensure that their young children receive two doses of the MMR vaccination on time. The National Immunisation Registry at the Health Promotion Board routinely sends out reminder letters to all children aged two years of age who have not had their measles vaccinations. The School Health Services also provide MMR vaccine to Primary One (6 to 7 years old) students who did not receive the second dose in their pre-school years. The MMR vaccination is available at polyclinics, private general practitioner clinics and private paediatric clinics. It is fully subsidised for Singapore citizens at polyclinics and Medisave can also be used at the private general practitioner and private paediatric clinics.

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