Health Minister Hartinger-Klein (FPÖ) warns against the lack of the measles vaccine. More than half a million people in Austria are not adequately protected against measles, the long-term consequences can also occur after years.
Measles is not a harmless childhood disease, but a serious and highly contagious disease. One in four patients is hospitalized, one in five people suffering from complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, otitis media or encephalitis, was said on Tuesday in a release from the Ministry of Health for diseases in Austria.
Ministry warns against SSPE and immunodeficiency
Measles can also cause permanent damage or death. "If children under one year of measles disease, they are at high risk of one in 600, a few years later to develop a special brain inflammation (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, SSPE) that ends fatally. measles for a lasting weakening of the immune system, which increases the risk of dying from other infectious diseases, "the statement said.
In addition to the suffering of patients and their families, it should be borne in mind that outbreaks of measles would have more consequences: In the event of an outbreak, competent authorities should identify, contact, clarify and vaccinate each contact person, if necessary. vaccinate or subject to appropriate restrictions.
This means that those who are not adequately protected against measles may, in case of contact with a measles patient, be excluded by the competent authority from visiting public institutions for up to 21 days, including, for example, work, day care, school or care post-school. In the case of at-risk groups such as newborns, infants or immunosuppressed persons, intravenous immunoglobulins may be required, which means hospitalization.
Not enough protected more than half a million people
An analysis of measles vaccination rates for 2017 in Austria showed that there are still about 48,000 children aged 2 to 5 years without the second measles vaccine, 27,000 children between six and nine years and another half a million. up to 30 years of age who are not adequately protected against measles. Therefore, it is not surprising that it arises again and again in disease outbreaks.
The measles vaccine available in Austria is a vaccine combined with mumps and rubella (MMR vaccine). According to the Impfprogramm Österreich 2019, two MMR vaccines are recommended from 9 months of age. The lack of MMR vaccines can and should be done at any age. Full protection can only be assumed if it can be proven in writing that two measles vaccines are available or if protection by antibody determination (blood collection) is confirmed. Because it is live vaccine is "Überimpfen" is not possible.
Vaccination without vaccination
"The vaccination costs are borne by the Federal Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection, social security institutions and the Länder. The measles vaccine is voluntary, but I hope many people will be vaccinated, "said Health Minister Beate Hartinger-Klein (FPÖ).