MR vaccination: Students fell ill not due to AEFI

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HT Correspondent

Hailakandi, Sept 8: 25 students who reportedly fell ill after administering of Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination at Sahabad ME Madrassa under Katlicherra revenue circle were not due to adverse events following immunization (AEFI).

District immunization officer, Dr. K. Thambalsena disclosed that the students who were reportedly taken ill after administering of MR vaccine were not due to AEFI but due to anxiety and hysteria induced by injection fear.

The DIO said the AEFI symptoms generally associated with MR vaccine such as rashes were not seen in Saturday’s incident. “Medical examination of the students who were taken ill was not due to MR vaccination but due to anxiety and hysteria induced by the fear factor of being injected,” she added.

Joint Director, Health Services, Dr.Avijit Basu, who rushed to the site of the incident and personally monitored the whole situation, categorically stated that had it been AEFI, all the 120 students being vaccinated at the school would have all fallen ill.

The health authorities here have asked the people not to panic as MR vaccine approved by the WHO is highly safe with an impassioned plea to extend support and cooperation to the ongoing MR vaccination campaign in the days ahead.

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