Turkish Health Minister urges parents to get their kids vaccinated
Meltem Özgenç – ANKARA
Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has once again urged parents to get their children vaccinated to prevent potential measles cases.
“Children get scared of vaccination en masse. That is why we will follow a more sensitive approach and vaccinate kids one by one in schools’ infirmaries. We will conduct a work with Education Ministry as well. My advice to parents is to get their children vaccinated. It is the only way to protect them,” Koca has told daily Hürriyet.
According to the figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 82,560 measles cases in 2018, Koca said, yet underling that the percentage of measles cases resulting from a refusal of vaccination is very low in Turkey.
“We are the only country in the world that its state is conducting extensive vaccination against 13 diseases,” said the minister.