‘Infertility’ from vaccine rumour creates panic in schools in Lower Assam

  • ‘Infertility’ from vaccine rumour creates panic in schools in Lower Assam
16-05-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Rumours on social media urging parents not to get their children vaccinated against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is threatening state health department’s campaign to eliminate the disease.
 
Though there is no specific vaccination programme being carried out in schools, parents and students became apprehensive following a rumour that the vaccine will make both males and females infertile.
 
Students of government schools in several lower Assam districts were taken away by their parents after rumours about a vaccine that could lead to infertility.
 
The Health Department said it is currently carrying out a vaccination drive to prevent Japanese Encephalitis (JE) among adults from April 30 to May 20 in Nalbari, Morigaon, Bongaigaon and Cachar districts.
 
The State government has asked the Health Department to intensify its awareness campaign on JE vaccine following the latest development.
 
The vaccine is safe, effective and approved by the WHO for preventing Japanese Encephalitis, NHM said.
 

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