After several cases of measles were reported in various provinces, the Department of Health issued a mass vaccination drive across South Africa where a medical staff visited schools to vaccinate children.
Health experts have advised parents to ensure that children get a measles vaccine jab soon, irrespective of whether your child, aged anywhere between six months and 15 years, was vaccinated before.
Many parents have remained sceptical of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines, following a UK study that linked the vaccine to autism – a complex neurobehavioral condition that includes impairments in social interaction and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviours.
In light of this, Talk of the Town, conducted an online poll to find out from our readers what they believed children should be vaccinated against.
Eight readers voted for vaccination against Smallpox, polio, TB, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and hepatitis which was 29% of the vote.
Four voters felt that vaccines for only smallpox, rubella and TB were necessary.
More than half of the results at 54% totally 15 votes, indicated that children should be vaccinated for all diseases mentioned in the poll, and more while one voter said they don’t believe in vaccinations.