The Institute of Public Health of Serbia, aka Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut, reports four people (three children and one adult) from the territory of Smederevo were confirmed by the measles reference laboratory of the Institute for Virology, Vaccines and Serums “Torlak”.
Three of the cases were in unvaccinated persons and one person of unknown vaccination status.
Institute Director, Verica Jovanović said in the territory where cases of measles have been confirmed, it is necessary to vaccinate all unvaccinated and incompletely vaccinated persons aged 12 months to 18 years in accordance with the rules of the compulsory immunization program. It is also necessary to vaccinate susceptible contacts of measles patients with the MMR vaccine as soon as possible, and at the latest within 72 hours of contact.
“According to the data we have, the coverage in 2022 was 71 percent when it comes to children under the age of two, while for children of preschool age, that coverage is about 85 percent, which is still not enough,” stated Verica Jovanović. The MMR vaccine coverage should be over 95 percent.
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