Bengaluru: The city saw 1,04,065 children vaccinated with measles-rubella (MR) vaccine on day one of the campaign. There are about 25 lakh children aged 9 months to 15 years in the city.
However, it was not a good start at some schools in the city. A child fainted at a private school in Rajajinagar after the vaccination. Though the school authorities refused to reveal details of the child, they said, “A few minutes after the vaccination, the child fainted. After this incident, other parents did not allow their children to be vaccinated.”
Around 15,000 vaccinators were deployed across the state. Dr Saroja P, project director, immunisation, Health department, said, “We have received reports from 16 districts and are yet to receive figures from 15 others. There were only 33 minor adverse events reported like vomiting and giddiness. We have only gone to positive schools on Tuesday, those who agreed for vaccination, not to those which showed resistance.
Overall, the response was good. “A few minor cases of fainting and vomiting were reported after M-R vaccination from some districts. All children were observed and a few who were admitted for observation have returned home. No major issues were reported in state on Tuesday,” said a health department official.
Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary, Health, said, “Fainting is a common reaction to injection in schoolgoing children, mostly due to anxiety. Sometimes, it can also occur owing to vasovagal attack. All the immunisation sessions were tagged with medical officers.” At Mallathahalli primary school, out of 590 students, only a few remained absent.
“They will be sent to the primary health centre in the area in the last week,” said the headmaster S G Muniswamaiah. “It’s only the private schools who are resisting, not the government schools,” said Meenakshi M, cluster resource person for Mallathahalli. Meanwhile, some headmasters of government schools said they got information about the drive just a day prior its start.
“On Monday, we received information from health department officials. There was no time to communicate to the parents. As they are saying the vaccination is a must, we are vaccinating the children without consulting parents.” Another headmaster said, “We have no option but to allow health department authorities to do vaccination as it is a national drive. If not, they will take action against us.”