In terms of measles, the inner and northern regions of the European part of Istanbul are in the lead.

SHAFAQNA Türkiye – Turkey, which until the last few years ranked first in Europe with a 98% success rate for vaccinating children, has been affected by the interruption of primary health vaccination processes during the pandemic, the intensification of waves of immigration and especially the impact of rising anti-vaccination and hesitancy in the past few years. according to the World Health Organization. According to the latest data, Turkey ranks first in Europe in the number of cases of measles. According to experts, Turkey is experiencing the largest outbreak of measles since 2013. Turkey, Russia and Tajikistan are in the top three places according to the latest WHO map, which was published on May 31, 2023 and includes data on measles cases detected between May 2022 and April 2023.

In previous data published by the WHO in April, Turkey was in second place and Tajikistan in first place. Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koca stressed in a recent statement that there is no outbreak of measles, that identified patients are under control and that investigations of origin are being carried out rigorously, saying that 86 percent of detected measles cases are in Istanbul. Istanbul Family Medicine Association (İSTAHED) Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors in charge of the Scientific Commission. Chinla Nishli Kaya, on the other hand, stated that the 3-4 month increase in measles cases has intensified over the past few weeks, noting that measles cases are concentrated in the inner and northern parts of the European part of Istanbul, and said that they are more likely to encounter measles especially in children aged 9-18 months.


Claiming that measles vaccinations are given at 12 months and 4 years of age on the childhood vaccination schedule, Dr. Kaya stated that due to the upward trend in the incidence in recent years, a dose of the vaccine was added at the 9th month by order of the Ministry of Health, and said: “We invite all children who have not been vaccinated to our family health centers. This is a vaccine that has been used since 1970. A vaccine that has completed clinical trials. A live vaccine, yes, but it can cause a slight pain in the arm, a slight fever, maybe weakness on the day it is given the most. Other than that, it does not have any serious side effects. This is a clinically proven vaccine. Previously, vaccination was done in the first year and at primary school age. Vaccination in elementary school has now been abolished until the age of 4. In our family health centers, the measles, rubella and varicella vaccines are given together and we have no problem getting the vaccine. You can check your vaccinations by contacting your family doctors and nurses. Those who do not have vaccines can be vaccinated immediately. This is especially important for our children aged 9-12 months. Please don’t neglect it.”

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