Measles is a highly contagious (95-96%) viral, potentially eliminated disease, since the reservoir is exclusively human. To date, safe, effective vaccines have been developed and are widely used, as well as sensitive and specific diagnostic tests. It should be noted that in many countries, the measles vaccine is included in the immunization program of the population and is freely available. The purpose of the study: To study the incidence of measles in children aged 0 to 14 years in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as their vaccination status. Materials and methods: The retrospective epidemiological analysis of the incidence of measles and the vaccination status of children aged 0 to 14 years was carried out for the period from November 1, 2018 to December 30, 2019, according to the data of the Public Health Protection Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the data of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Control Committee of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The statistical analysis was carried out in the programs R statistics (V. 4) under the following conditions: quantitative data with an abnormal distribution: nonparametric Kruskal-Wallis criterion for independent groups. Results and conclusions: The analysis of the incidence of measles among the population showed an increase in the incidence of measles, which amounted to 13,873 cases, of which 73% (n=10189) were children under 14 years of age. The vast majority of outbreaks of this disease are associated with limited coverage of the population in vaccination programs. This study revealed a low vaccination coverage of children under 1 year of 50.2% (n=4098), from 1 year to 14 years of 49.8% (n=4072), which is associated with various reasons (not reaching age, medical withdrawal, refusal of parents from vaccination). To date, it has been proven that the most reliable means of preventing measles is vaccination of the population. The world experience in eliminating measles among the population recommends universal immunization of children and vaccination of all susceptible people with measles vaccine.
Aigerim A. Zhuzzhasarova 1,2, Dinagul A. Baesheva 1,2, Bayan R. Turdalina 1,2, Aliya Zh. Seidullaeva 1,2, Alyona V. Altynbekova 1,2, Aylkyn Mynzhanova 1,2, Almagul R. Kushugulova 3, 1 NCS "Medical University Astana", Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan; 2 Multidisciplinary City Children's Hospital №3, Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan; 3 National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan.
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Zhuzzhasarova A.A., Baesheva D.A., Turdalina B.R., Seidullaeva A.Zh., Altynbekova A.V., Mynzhanova A., Kushugulova A.R. The indicator of the vaccination status and the incidence of measles in the Republic of Kazakhstan // Nauka i Zdravookhranenie [Science & Healthcare]. 2021, (Vol.23) 4, pp. 155-162. doi 10.34689/SH.2021.23.4.017