Nine-year-old boy in Kyiv gets diphteritis

Source : 112 Ukraine

His parents refused to vaccinate him against the disease
13:38, 25 October 2019

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A case of diphteritis is officially confirmed in Kyiv. The Centre for Public Health reported that on October 25. 

A nine-year-old boy fell sick in the Ukrainian capital. It is known that his parents refused to inoculate him against the disease.

The boy is hospitalized.

The patient contacted 45 people, 36 of them are children. They are now examined on Friday, October 25; the school and dwellings where these people reside are disinfected. 

Related: Most severe outbreak of measles spotted in Kyiv since Ukraine's independence

The Centre for Public Health reiterated that the vaccines agasinst diphteritis are available in all regions of Ukraine; there's enough of them. The adults are recommended to undergo re-vaccination every 10 years since the age of 16. 

To get due protection against the disease, both children and adults should be vaccinated under the regular calendar of inoculations. The vaccine is free, and people can get inoculated at their family doctor.

Related: Measles vs. anti-vaxxing: Tug of war in Ukraine

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