Serbia reports four measles cases in Smederevo


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the Institute of Public Health of Serbiaalso known as Dr. Milan Jovanovic Batut, reported that four people (three children and one adult) from the Smederevo region were confirmed by the measles reference laboratory of the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Serology “Turlac”.

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Three cases were of people who were not vaccinated and one person whose vaccination status was unknown.

The director of the institute, Verica Jovanovic, said that in the territory where measles cases have been confirmed, it is necessary to vaccinate all unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated persons between the ages of 12 months and 18 years according to the rules of the compulsory immunization programme. It is also essential that close contacts exposed to measles be vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine as soon as possible, and within a maximum of 72 hours of contact.

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“According to the data we have, the coverage rate in 2022 is 71 percent when it comes to children under the age of two, while for preschool children this coverage is about 85 percent, which is still not enough,” stated Verica Jovanovic. . MMR vaccine coverage must be over 95 percent.

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