Delays in MMR vaccination

VaccinationVaccination.Photo: Ole Gunnar Onsøien / NTB scanpix

So far this year, about 7,500 fewer children than recommended have received the MMR vaccine at 15 months of age. This is caused by the corona pandemic affectations.

Vaccination within the School Health Service has largely recovered, but the number of people receiving the first dose of MMR vaccine at 15 months is less than advised, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said in a press release.

The MMR vaccine is applied to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella and is usually administered in two doses: one when the child is 15 months old and another at 11 years (6th grade).

So far this year, 35,948 vaccines have been given at the prescribed time, compared to 43,542 for the same period in the years 2017-2019.

-Measles is the most contagious childhood disease, and protection of the population requires high vaccination coverage. Delayed vaccination leads to increased vulnerability to infection and the spread of infection in the event of imported cases. It is therefore important that children over 15 months of age who have not yet been offered the first dose of MMR vaccine receive it as soon as possible,” says FHI Section Chief Are Stuwitz Berg.

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