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Chandigarh: Another boy passes out after MR vaccination

A Class-IIIC boy of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh, fell unconscious soon after taking the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine.

The boy was sent home immediately.

The incident was reported just a day after a Class V boy, also a resident of Nayagaon, lost consciousness after he took the MR vaccine.

Surinder Kaur, school in-charge, said, “No such incident has happened. Please don’t create a controversy out of nothing. If a child would have felt unconscious, it would have been reported to me.”

“In the morning, my child was waiting for his turn to get vaccinated. But, soon after taking the injection, he fell unconscious and regained consciousness almost after 15 minutes. We then took him home. He is fine now,” said Subash Chand, the boy’s father, resident of Janta Colony, Nayagon, said.

Meanwhile his father told that the boy did not eat anything in the morning and that could be the reason why he lost consciousness.

“The moment we reach school for vaccination, schoolteachers are telling and asking us whether the child has any medical history, medicine allergy or has the child had breakfast or not. I am surprised why the schools do not ask all these things a day prior to vaccination,” said Krishan, whose two kids study at GMSSS-16 Chandigarh.

Earlier, seven students from two government schools of the city were hospitalised on Friday after many of them developed allergic reaction after the MR vaccine.

“We have made the micro plans for the campaign and the dates are fixed. The vaccination programme is going well but as children come on empty stomach, they are facing problems. So, on Thursday, I will hold a meeting with the school authorities and also issue the revised circular to each school to ensure that no child comes on empty stomach. Though the parents have already been given information cards, we have even arranged parent-teacher meetings so that the parents can come and clarify any queries they have. I even shared my mobile number on the information cards,” said Dr Anu Dosanjh, nodal officer for the MR vaccination campaign.

As per statement “Day 4 of Measles Rubella Immunisation Campaign in UT Chandigarh, 35 schools were covered by the health department teams to immunise the children with MR Vaccine and 73 sessions were held. 8,274 children were immunised today and 44,221 children have been immunised in four days of MR Campaign in Chandigarh.”

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