Every second child in Serbia has not been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine, which is an immunization vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella – the latest epidemiological reports show.
This means that, as a country, we are at a greater risk now of having a measles, mumps and rubella epidemic than we were a year ago.
Epidemiologist Dr. Branislav Tiodorovic warns that barely 50% of children in Serbia have received the MMR vaccination, and the situation is the worst in the biggest towns like Nis, Kragujevac and Belgrade, where 50% of children have received it.
“Our biggest problem is the children who are not vaccinated, and as long as the vaccination rate is under 90%, children’s health is at jeopardy. In all other European countries, the MMR vaccination rate is above 80%, with the exception of Italy and Cyprus. The MMR vaccine is mandatory in these two countries, as it is in Serbia”, Dr Tiodorovic explains.
Dr Tiodorovic also warns that the state authorities need to keep a close watch on the epidemiological situation, because, for instance, the number of children who fell ill with measles is growing in Kosovo, while, in Romania alone, 38 children have died from this disease.
Serbian pediatricians are worried about a decline in the MMR vaccination rate, and have appealed to the relevant state authorities to devise a national strategy to combat anti-vaccination activities.
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