The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, said that a 24-year-old woman, who had not been vaccinated, died of measles.
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Alexandru Rafila announced on Monday evening that a 24-year-old woman died of measles. The Minister of Health drew attention to the fact that the disease is extremely easily transmissible, and the older the patient, the more serious the form of the disease.
“It is very important to vaccinate our children and I will try to explain why because the world sometimes does not understand and in recent weeks I have been confronted, within this measles epidemic, with several acquaintances who had grown children who -they got sick. If we vaccinate our children properly, the risk of getting measles it's very small. However, if there is a significant number of unvaccinated children – it varies with us, because at the first dose we have around 80% of children vaccinated, at the second dose 65%, it means that there are large cohorts of unvaccinated children – and then, instead of don't get measles, you get measles, but you don't know at what age you get it and you get it at an older age. The older you get, the more severe the form of measles. Today, unfortunately, we had a death in a 24-year-old woman, unvaccinated and with another health problem that would not normally contraindicate vaccination, and she died. We have about six deaths caused by measles recently. All would have been avoidable if these people had been vaccinated. In all these cases it was about unvaccinated people. Basically, the risk increases as the age at which you get measles is higher”said Alexandru Rafila at TVR Info, writes news.ro.
Rafila also mentioned that more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children against measles, which has led to the current epidemic.
He reminded parents that they are vaccinated, therefore protected, and appealed to them to immunize their children: “We are not fanatics about vaccination, but we realize the benefits”.