Serious vaccination side effects rare

KUALA LUMPUR: Parents should not fear having their children vaccinated as serious adverse side effects were extremely rare. Health Ministry deputy director-general (public health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said all medicines caused side effects and they differed from person to person. “Vaccination side effects or adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) are usually mild, self-limiting…

Earlier vaccinations for babies

By Tharanya Arumugam KUALA LUMPUR: Babies will be vaccinated for measles as early as 9 months effective from April following a sharp rise in the number of measles cases in the country. Health deputy director-general (Public Health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the Health Ministry would bring forward the first dose of measles–mumps– rubella…

Doctors say move is based on sound science

KUALA LUMPUR: The move by the Health Ministry to change its measles vaccination schedule is welcomed by medical experts. Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Ashok Zachariah Philip said immunising infants with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 9 months, followed by a second dose at 12 months, would ensure a wider coverage of immunity.…