PETALING JAYA: More than 500 people across the country have refused vaccination and immunisation between January and March this year, a health official said today.
Selangor director of health, Dr Zailan Adnan, said there had been “a drastic upward trend” and the number was quite worrying. There were 637 such of rejected vaccinations reported in 2013, 918 cases in 2014 and 1,541 cases in the whole of last year.
“In Selangor alone, in the first quarter of this year, 29 families refused to have their children vaccinated for various reasons such as thinking that the injection concerned has side effect,” he said, according to Bernama.
He said the number of measles cases in Selangor in the first quarter of this year had recorded an increase after parents refused to to allow their children to be given the vaccine jabs and immunisation.
There were 403 measles cases in the first quarter, compared to 23 in 2014 and 498 cases last year.
“The refusal of the parents to get vaccinations and immunisations for their children is seen as contributing to the rise in measles cases in this state,” he told a media conference after attending the forum “Is vaccination safe?” at the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, here today.