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02/01/2019
Защита детей от кори в Румынии
https://www.unicef.org/eca/ru/Новостные-заметки/защита-детей-от-кори-в-румынии
Родители из общины рома, проживающей в городе Стрехае на юго-западе Румынии, кивают и с облегчением улыбаются после просмотра короткого видеоролика о пользе иммунизации для их детей, показанного местным врачом. Врач отвечает на вопросы родителей, прежде чем они вместе со своими детьми перейдут в следующий кабинет, где всем детям будет проведена вакцинация. Здесь дети разного возраста: те, кто только начинает ходить, и те, кому уже исполнилось 18 лет. Самые маленькие крепко держат своих мам за руку, а те, кто постарше, улыбаются и просят посмотреть фильм еще раз. Производство и показ данного фильма осуществляется в рамках программы ЮНИСЕФ в Румынии по поддержке усилий министерства здравоохранения страны, направленных на повышение показателей охвата иммунизацией и предотвращение распространения кори. С 2000 года показатели охвата иммунизацией в Румынии значительно снизились. В 2017 году только 75 процентов детей получили две дозы вакцины MMR - комбинированной вакцины против кори, эпидемического паротита и краснухи. Этот показатель намного ниже рекомендованных 95 процентов, необходимых для защиты всех детей. В результате низких показателей охвата иммунизацией в Румынии произошла вспышка кори. В 2016 году ею заболели более 15 000 человек, из которых 59 человек умерли. Большинство из них составили дети. В рамках непрекращающихся усилий по повышению охвата детей иммунизацией, в июле 2018 года стартовала организованная министерством здравоохранения Румынии кампания по вакцинации детей, которые не были привиты. Для информирования населения о важном значении иммунизации участники кампании ходили по домам. В целях поддержки данной кампании ЮНИСЕФ разработал серию информационных материалов, предоставляющих предоставить родителям фактическую информацию о преимуществах и самом процессе иммунизации детей в доступной для понимания взрослых форме.   В состав этих информационных материалов входит короткометражный фильм, который посмотрели семьи в Стрехае. Фильм демонстрируется семьям из наиболее уязвимых общин Румынии - родителям, живущим в труднодоступных районах, семьям, пострадавшим от нищеты, и общинам рома. Показатели иммунизации среди детей в этих общинах чаще всего самые низкие по стране. В этом фильме рассказывается о необходимости и преимуществах вакцинации, и одновременно даются ответы на часто задаваемые и волнующие родителей вопросы относительно вакцинации: Безопасно ли делать прививку моему ребёнку? Что делать, если она/он заболеют другой болезнью? Что, если мой ребёнок заболеет после прививки? Эта прививка бесплатна? A girl is vaccinated at a community center in Buhuși, in Eastern Romania as part of the UNICEF and WHO supported immunization catch-up campaign. Девочка получает прививку в общинном центре в Бухуши, в восточной Румынии, в рамках кампании по проведению вакцинации детям, которые её не прошли. Эта кампания проводится при поддержке ЮНИСЕФ и ВОЗ. «Вначале родители не хотели прививать своих детей, но потом они доверились нам. Мы рассказали родителям о пользе прививок и попросили их задавать врачу все вопросы, которые могут возникнуть у них в ходе проведения кампании. Таким образом, родители смогли получить чёткое представление о пользе вакцинации», - сказала Габриэла Стан, медицинский работник в городе Бухуши, в Восточной Румынии. Габриэла была членом группы, ходившей по домам, для того чтобы информировать родителей из уязвимых сообществ о преимуществах вакцинации.   И хотя за последние несколько месяцев в Румынии произошли положительные сдвиги в деле  вакцинации уязвимых детей спасающей жизни прививкой MMR, дети будут по-прежнему находиться в опасности до тех пор, пока охват иммунизацией не достигнет 95 процентов. ЮНИСЕФ в Румынии будет и впредь помогать в проведении информационно-разъяснительных кампаний о важном значении и необходимости вакцинации и поощрять всех родителей и лиц, обеспечивающих уход за детьми, к своевременному проведению этой профилактической процедуры. Таким путём они смогут защитить своих детей от болезней, предотвратимых с помощью вакцинации.  
02/26/2020
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the disruption of immunization and basic health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.unicef.org/eca/press-releases/statement-unicef-executive-director-henrietta-fore-disruption-immunization-and-basic
: “Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is overstretching health services as health workers are diverted to support the response. “Physical distancing is leading parents to make the difficult decision to defer routine immunization. “Medical goods are in short supply and supply chains are under historic strain due to transport disruptions. Flight cancellations and trade restrictions by countries have severely constrained access to essential medicines, including vaccines. “As the pandemic progresses, critical life-saving services, including immunization, will likely be disrupted, especially in Africa, Asia and the Middle East where they are sorely needed. “At the greatest risk are children from the poorest families in countries affected by conflicts and natural disasters. “We are particularly concerned about countries that are battling measles, cholera or polio outbreaks while responding to COVID-19 cases, such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, the Philippines, Syria and South Sudan. Not only would such outbreaks tax already stretched health services, they could also lead to additional loss of lives and suffering. At a time like this, these countries can ill-afford to face additional outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. “The message is clear: We must not allow lifesaving health interventions to fall victim to our efforts to address COVID-19. “UNICEF is committed to supporting basic health care and immunization needs in the worst affected countries, and to doing so in a way that limits the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We are working hard to ensure adequate vaccine supplies are available in countries that need them. We are in close communication with global vaccine suppliers to ensure production is not disrupted and supply is managed in the best possible manner under these difficult circumstances. We are also providing greater support to governments to continue the supply of vaccines during this pandemic.   “In the days to come, governments may have to temporarily postpone preventive mass vaccination campaigns in many places to ensure that the delivery of immunization services does not contribute to COVID-19 spread, and to follow recommendations on physical distancing. “UNICEF strongly recommends that all governments begin rigorous planning now to intensify immunization activities once the COVID -19 pandemic is under control. These vaccination activities must focus on children who will miss vaccine doses during this period of interruption and prioritize the poorest and most vulnerable children. To successfully roll-out vaccines against COVID -19 when they become available, we need to ensure that our immunization programmes remain robust and can reach those that will need these vaccines the most.    “Immunization remains a life-saving health intervention. As the world's biggest buyer and supplier of vaccines, UNICEF will continue to play a pivotal role in supporting governments’ current and future immunization efforts.” Nurse Milka Babic performs immunization UNICEF/UNI218376/Pancic
05/01/2019
Vaccinations with a smile in Uzbekistan
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/vaccinations-smile-uzbekistan
Baby Imona is visiting the clinic, but there is no fear or tension, because Nurse Aziza Abduazimova knows how to put her and her parents at ease. Aziza’s open face and sweet, cheerful manner make all of the children she meets comfortable. “I always meet babies with a smile. Then I answer all of the parents’ questions about vaccinations so that they feel they can trust me with their child’s health. I make the child comfortable, and chat and play with them. I use toys to create a relationship before vaccinating them.” Aziza has been immunising children at Polyclinic #47 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan for six years now. She says that she loves her job. “I’m a mother myself. I have three sons aged 15, 12 and 10 years old who are all vaccinated and growing up healthy. I didn’t have a moment’s hesitation in getting my children vaccinated, and I am happy to help other mothers raise strong and healthy kids.” Aziza believes that it’s much better to vaccinate a child and prevent a disease than treat the sometimes-serious consequences of an illness. “Polio can cause permanent paralysis. Mumps, a common childhood disease, can make boys infertile, and measles can be fatal. It’s not just the consequences for the individual, either. A child who hasn’t been vaccinated is putting everyone else at risk, including babies and unvaccinated adults.” Nurse Aziza Abduazimova administers the polio vaccine to baby Imona. Nurse Aziza Abduazimova administers the polio vaccine to baby Imona. However, despite all the evidence about the safety of vaccines to prevent serious disease, some parents are still hesitant. “It’s a natural urge for a mother to protect her baby, and some mothers are scared to cause their baby the pain of an injection,” Aziza says. “Believe me, when I first started this job, I used to cry along with the babies, but then I realised that by causing this brief moment of pain, I’m preventing a lot of future suffering.” Some parents read things on the internet that scare them. Aziza says, “I follow a lot of discussions on the web and I often post evidence to prove that they needn’t worry. All the vaccines used in Uzbekistan meet international standards.” Aziza recalls a young mother who didn’t vaccinate her first son. “He got every childhood disease, one after the other, including Hepatitis A. With my encouragement she decided to vaccinate her younger son. He has grown up very healthy. Now when people see them together, they assume the younger one is older because he wasn’t sick as often, he’s so much taller and stronger than his brother. His mother tells everyone her story. She says, ‘If I’d had my older son vaccinated, I wouldn’t have gone through all these troubles.’” Aziza helps parents who have concerns about vaccinations to meet mothers and fathers with children who have been fully immunised. “Peer to peer conversations are really helpful because parents trust fellow parents and they can see the results.” She believes being a good vaccinator isn’t just about following procedures but having the right attitude: “There was one lady who came from outside our clinic’s catchment area. She was surprised to find me so cheerful and friendly. In her previous experiences staff had been professional, but she told me my friendliness has made such a difference to her children; now they feel at ease during and after vaccinations. It makes such a difference how you treat people."  "Children pick up a lot from how you deal with them—they connect with a smile.” - adds Aziza. Nurse Aziza puts baby Imona at ease with a toy after administering a vaccine. With toys and smiles, baby Imona is at ease after receiving a vaccine. “My main message to parents would be to follow the vaccination calendar. Don’t wait or delay; it has been developed to protect against the most common diseases in this country and vaccinating on time gives your child the best protection.” Aziza gives baby Imona a last cuddle. She smiles, “Parents share the hope that their child will grow up healthy. In my work as a vaccinator, I can help make that happen.” UNICEF in Uzbekistan trains health professionals across the country to vaccinate children and works closely with the Government to ensure the vaccine system is safe and can reach all children with life-saving immunizations.
01/24/2019
Protecting children against measles in Romania
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/protecting-children-against-measles-romania
Parents living in Strehaia, a Roma community in South-West Romania, nod and smile in relief after watching a short video shown by their local physician on the benefits of immunizing their children. The physician answers questions from the parents before they gather their children and move to the next room where all of the children are vaccinated. The children range in age from young toddlers to 18 years old. The young ones hold their mothers’ hands tightly, but the older ones laugh and ask to watch the film again. The film is part of UNICEF Romania’s ongoing support to the Ministry of Health’s efforts to increase immunization coverage and prevent the spread of measles. Vaccination coverage in Romania has declined since 2000. In 2017, only 75 per cent of children had received two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine – a coverage rate far below the recommended 95 per cent needed to protect all children. As a result of low immunization coverage, Romania has experienced a measles outbreak, with over 15,000 people affected since 2016. This includes 59 deaths, the majority being children. As part of ongoing efforts to increase immunization coverage, in July 2018 Romania’s Ministry of Health launched a door-to-door catch up campaign to vaccinate children who missed their vaccinations. In support, UNICEF developed a series of materials to provide parents with easy to understand, factual information about the benefits and process of children being immunized. These materials include the short film watched by families in Strehaia. The film is shown to parents and families in the most vulnerable communities in Romania - people living in hard to reach areas, those affected by poverty, and Roma communities. These communities often have children with the lowest rates of immunization. The film talks about the necessity and benefits of vaccination and, at the same time, addresses the most common vaccine-related questions from parents: Is it safe to vaccinate my child? What if she/he catches another disease? What if my child gets sick after the vaccination? Is the vaccine free of charge? A girl is vaccinated at a community center in Buhuși, in Eastern Romania as part of the UNICEF and WHO supported immunization catch-up campaign. A girl is vaccinated at a community center in Buhuși, in Eastern Romania as part of the UNICEF and WHO supported immunization catch-up campaign. “In the beginning parents did not want to vaccinate their children, but then they put their trust in us. We told them vaccines are good and we encouraged them to ask the doctor all the questions they have during the campaign. So they were able to have a clear picture on the benefit of vaccination,” said Gabriela Stan, a health mediator in the town of Buhuși, in Eastern Romania. Gabriela was part of the team that went door-to-door to inform parents from vulnerable communities about the benefits of vaccination. Although there have been positive developments in reaching vulnerable children with lifesaving MMR immunizations over the past few months in Romania, until the coverage rate reaches 95 per cent, children will remain at risk.  
01/16/2022
Что необходимо знать о вакцинах против COVID-19
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/что-необходимо-знать-о-вакцинах-против-covid-19
Ежегодно вакцины спасают миллионы жизней. Разработка безопасных и эффективных вакцин против COVID-19  - это огромный шаг вперед на пути к прекращению пандемии и возвращению к привычному образу жизни и ничем не ограниченному общению с теми, кого мы любим. Мы собрали самую свежую экспертную информацию, чтобы ответить на некоторые из наиболее часто…, Каковы преимущества вакцинации?, Вакцины ежегодно спасают миллионы жизней, а вакцина против COVID-19 может спасти и вашу жизнь. Вакцины против COVID-19 безопасны и эффективны и обеспечивают надежную защиту от развития тяжелой формы заболевания и летального исхода. По данным ВОЗ, для невакцинированных людей риск наступления смерти от COVID-19 как минимум в 10 раз выше, чем для…, Кто должен вакцинироваться в первую очередь?, Каждой стране следует определить приоритетные группы населения, которые, по рекомендации ВОЗ, должны включать медицинских работников первичного звена (для защиты систем здравоохранения) и лиц, подверженных наибольшему риску наступления смерти от COVID-19, таких как пожилые люди и люди с определенными заболеваниями. Затем необходимо учесть других…, Когда не следует вакцинироваться против COVID-19?, При  наличии каких-либо вопросов о необходимости вакцинации против COVID-19 проконсультируйтесь со своим лечащим врачом. В настоящее время во избежание возможных побочных эффектов вакцинироваться против COVID-19 не следует в случае, если: у вас в анамнезе были тяжелые аллергические реакции на какие-либо ингредиенты вакцины против COVID-19; в…, Надо ли мне вакцинироваться, если я уже переболел COVID-19?, Да, вам следует вакцинироваться, даже если вы уже переболели COVID-19. Хотя у людей, переболевших COVID-19, может сформироваться естественный иммунитет к вирусу, пока неизвестно, как долго он сохраняется и насколько хорошо вы защищены. Вакцины обеспечивают более надежную защиту., Какая вакцина против COVID-19 больше всего подходит именно мне?, Все одобренные ВОЗ вакцины показали высокую эффективность в плане защиты от развития тяжелой формы заболевания и смерти от COVID-19. Лучшая вакцина для вас – это та, которая наиболее доступна вам! Помните о том, что если в рамках вакцинации предусмотрены две прививки, вам важно получить обе дозы вакцины в целях обеспечения максимальной степени…, Как действуют вакцины против COVID-19?, Действие вакцин основано на имитации действия возбудителей инфекционного заболевания – вирусов, бактерий или других микроорганизмов, которые могут вызывать заболевание. Это «учит» нашу иммунную систему быстро и эффективно реагировать на них. Традиционно вакцины таким образом  воздействовали при введении в организм  ослабленной формы возбудителя…, Безопасны ли вакцины против COVID-19? Да, вакцины против COVID-19 разрабатывались в возможно кратчайшие сроки, но все они должны пройти тщательное тестирование в ходе клинических испытаний, чтобы доказать свое соответствие согласованным на международном, Да, вакцины против COVID-19 разрабатывались в возможно кратчайшие сроки, но все они должны пройти тщательное тестирование в ходе клинических испытаний, чтобы доказать свое соответствие согласованным на международном уровне критериям безопасности и эффективности. Вакцина может быть одобрена ВОЗ и национальными регулирующими органами только при…, Как удалось так быстро разработать вакцины против COVID-19?, Ученые смогли разработать безопасные и эффективные вакцины за относительно короткий промежуток времени благодаря совокупности факторов, позволивших им расширить масштабы исследований и производства без ущерба для безопасности: из-за глобальной пандемии увеличился размер выборки для исследования, и десятки тысяч добровольцев приняли решение об…, Каковы побочные эффекты вакцин против COVID-19?, Вакцины предназначены для создания иммунитета без риска заболеть. Пусть не у всех, но все же довольно часто возникают легкие или умеренные побочные эффекты, которые сами по себе проходят в течение нескольких дней. Некоторые из легких или умеренных побочных эффектов, которые могут возникнуть после вакцинации, включают: боль в руке в месте инъекции…, Где можно получить дополнительную информацию о конкретной вакцине против COVID-19?, Вы можете получить дополнительную информацию о вакцинах против COVID-19 на веб-сайте ВОЗ ., Могу ли я перестать соблюдать меры предосторожности после вакцинации?, Даже после вакцинации необходимо продолжать соблюдать меры предосторожности, чтобы защитить себя, семью и друзей, если в вашем районе по-прежнему распространен COVID-19. Вакцины позволяют защитить от заболевания большинство людей, но ни одна вакцина не обеспечивает стопроцентную защиту. Мы также все еще изучаем то, как вызывающие обеспокоенность…, Могу ли я все же заразиться COVID-19 после вакцинации? Что такое «случаи заражения после вакцинации»?, Вакцины против COVID-19 весьма эффективны в плане защиты от развития тяжелой формы заболевания и смерти, но ни одна вакцина не обладает стопроцентной эффективностью. Некоторые вакцинированные люди могут заразиться COVID-19, что называется «заражением после вакцинации». В таких случаях у них с большой вероятностью будут наблюдаться только более…, Как долго сохраняется полученная благодаря вакцинации защита от COVID-19?, По-прежнему продолжаются исследования в целях определения того, насколько долго сохраняется полученная благодаря вакцинации защита от COVID-19. По данным ВОЗ, для большинства людей надежная защита от развития тяжелой формы заболевания и смерти сохраняется в течение минимум шести месяцев. У некоторых людей, включая пожилых и людей с сопутствующими…, Защищают ли вакцины против COVID-19 от таких вариантов коронавируса, как «дельта» и «омикрон»?, Одобренные ВОЗ вакцины против COVID-19 по-прежнему весьма эффективны в плане предотвращения развития тяжелой формы заболевания и наступления смерти, в том числе и в отношении доминирующего варианта «дельта» . Исследования нового варианта «омикрон» еще продолжаются, но, по данным ВОЗ, существующие вакцины, очевидно, на данный момент по-прежнему…, Предотвратит ли вакцинация распространение мною вируса COVID-19 и заражение других людей?, Имеются доказательные данные в пользу того, что вакцинация помогает предотвратить распространение вами вируса, поэтому она может также защитить окружающих вас людей. Вместе с тем необходимы дополнительные данные для определения степени такой защиты, и по-прежнему сохраняется вероятность того, что вы можете передавать вирус даже при отсутствии…, Можно ли смешивать разные вакцины?, Исследования в отношении смешивания различных вакцин пока немногочисленны. По возможности ВОЗ рекомендует вакцинироваться второй или третьей дозой той же вакцины, которую вы получили в качестве первой дозы. Обратитесь за рекомендациями в органы здравоохранения по месту вашего жительства и проконсультируйтесь со своим лечащим врачом, если у вас…, Я беременна. Могу ли я вакцинироваться против COVID-19?, Да, вы можете вакцинироваться, если вы беременны. Хотя общий риск развития тяжелой формы заболевания COVID-19 остается низким, в связи с беременностью вы  подвергаетесь повышенному риску развития тяжелой формы заболевания, по сравнению с теми женщинами, которые не беременны. Несмотря на небольшой объем доступных сведений, фактических данных о…, Я практикую грудное вскармливание. Следует ли мне вакцинироваться против COVID-19?, Да, если вы практикуете грудное вскармливание, вам следует вакцинироваться, как только вакцины станут доступны для вас. Вакцины достаточно безопасны, и ни  мать, ни ребенок не подвергаются ни малейшему риску. Ни одна из современных вакцин против COVID-19 не содержит живой вирус, поэтому отсутствует риск передачи COVID-19 из вакцины ребенку через…, Могут ли вакцины против COVID-19 повлиять на способность к зачатию?, Нет. Возможно, вы видели ложные заявления в социальных сетях, но нет никаких доказательных данных, которые свидетельствовали бы о том, что та или иная вакцина, включая вакцины против COVID-19, может повлиять на способность женщин или мужчин к зачатию. Если в настоящее время вы планируете зачать ребенка, вам следует вакцинироваться., Может ли вакцина против COVID-19 нарушить мой менструальный цикл?, Некоторые женщины сообщают о нарушении менструального цикла после вакцинации против COVID-19. Несмотря на ограниченность данных, в настоящее время продолжаются исследования воздействия вакцин на менструальный цикл. Проконсультируйтесь со своим лечащим врачом, если у вас есть опасения или вопросы по поводу менструации., Должны ли дети и подростки вакцинироваться против COVID-19?, В настоящее время растет число вакцин, одобренных для использования среди детей, поэтому важно быть в курсе рекомендаций местных и национальных органов здравоохранения. Вакцины Moderna и Pfizer были одобрены ВОЗ для использования среди детей в возрасте 12 лет и старше.  Исследования эффективности и безопасности использования вакцин для детей в…, Как говорить со своими детьми о вакцинах против COVID-19?, Новости о вакцинах против COVID-19 наводняют нашу повседневную жизнь, и вполне естественно, что в любознательных молодых умах рождаются вопросы. Множество вопросов.. Прочтите нашу пояснительную статью , которая поможет вам объяснить сложную тему простыми и обнадеживающими словами., Мой друг или член моей семьи выступает против антиковидных вакцин. Как мне говорить с ними?, Разработка безопасных и эффективных вакцин против COVID-19  – это огромный шаг вперед в наших глобальных усилиях по прекращению пандемии. Это потрясающая новость, но по-прежнему есть люди, которые со скептицизмом или с сомнением относятся к вакцинам против COVID-19. Возможно, вам тоже знакомы люди из этой категории. Мы побеседовали с доктором…, Как мне защитить свою семью, пока еще не все из нас успели вакцинироваться?, Безопасные и эффективные вакцины способны изменить ситуацию, но даже после вакцинации нам необходимо продолжать соблюдать меры предосторожности, чтобы защитить себя и других. Самое важное, что вы можете сделать, – это сократить риск заражения вирусом. Чтобы защитить себя и своих близких, обязательно: носите маску там, где невозможно сохранять…, Могут ли вакцины против COVID-19 воздействовать на вашу ДНК?, Нет, ни одна из вакцин против COVID-19 никак не воздействует на вашу ДНК и не взаимодействует с ней. Вакцины на основе мРНК учат клетки вырабатывать белок, который запускает иммунный ответ внутри организма. Этот ответ запускает выработку антител, защищающих вас от вируса. мРНК отличается от ДНК и остается внутри клетки на протяжении примерно лишь…, Содержат ли вакцины против COVID-19 какие-либо продукты животного происхождения?, Нет, ни одна из одобренных ВОЗ вакцин против COVID-19 не содержит продуктов животного происхождения., В интернете мне встретилась недостоверная информация о вакцинах против COVID-19. Как мне быть?, К сожалению, в интернете много недостоверной информации о вирусе COVID-19 и вакцинах против COVID-19. Дезинформация во время кризиса в области здравоохранения может вызывать паранойю, страх и стигматизацию. Она может также приводить к тому, что люди останутся незащищенными или более уязвимыми для вируса. Получайте проверенные факты и рекомендации…, Что такое механизм COVAX?, Механизм COVAX является частью глобальных усилий, направленных на ускорение разработки и производства вакцин против COVID-19, а также на обеспечение их справедливого и сбалансированного распределения во всем мире. Ни одна страна не будет полностью защищена от COVID-19, пока не будут защищены все страны. В работе механизма COVAX участвуют 190 стран…
04/24/2017
Governments must invest in immunizing the most vulnerable children and addressing vaccine hesitancy
https://www.unicef.org/eca/governments-immunization-statement
- “UNICEF is urging governments in Europe and Central Asia to invest in health systems that prioritize reaching the most vulnerable children with life-saving immunizations alongside national campaigns to address the concerning trend of growing vaccine hesitancy.”   “Immunization is one of the most significant and cost-effective public health achievements in modern times. Vaccines save children’s lives and stop the spread of diseases.   “Sustainable immunization coverage is only possible through well-functioning health systems that reach all children, including children from minority communities, those living in poverty or children uprooted from their homes. Coverage must be monitored so breakdowns in availability and services are rapidly identified and addressed.  “Demand from caregivers and communities equipped with the knowledge to overcome misconceptions and protect their children is equally critical. Misinformation on vaccines has grave implications. Governments must closely monitor public perceptions, counteract misinformation and promote the benefits of immunization. “Measles outbreaks and pockets of unacceptably low vaccination rates are stark reminders that achieving universal routine immunization coverage must be a priority for governments, communities and caregivers.    
04/26/2021
Celebrating the past, present and future benefits of vaccines
https://www.unicef.org/eca/press-releases/celebrating-past-present-and-future-benefits-vaccines
 - This past, difficult year of the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear how vulnerable we all are to a deadly new disease, when we don’t have the right vaccines or medical technologies we normally use to fight back. Long before COVID-19, one crucial tool – simply called “routine immunization” – was already saving millions of lives and preventing debilitating sickness, particularly among children. Routine immunization protects not only the person vaccinated, but also others in their communities. It helps pave the way to universal health coverage and Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals – ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination at an ever-increasing speed across the WHO European Region, just a year after the start of the pandemic, is an impressive achievement. The European Union, WHO, UNICEF, all national governments and other partners have worked side by side in this response. Thanks to the global COVAX allocation mechanism and Team Europe’s effort some countries in the region that could not have competed on the global vaccine market on their own, are seeing vaccines being rolled-out. The European Union, WHO and UNICEF are now working with private and public sectors to overcome supply and capacity challenges and enable faster delivery. The uneven roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination to date highlights another truth: Inequitable access to health technologies between and within countries hurts us all. The virus and its impact on interlinked economies and societies know no borders. No country is safe until all countries are safe. While COVID-19 vaccination must continue at a faster and more equitable pace, it must not come at the cost of neglecting routine immunization. Any dip in routine coverage caused by the pandemic in 2020 or 2021 will pave the way for future outbreaks and jeopardize decades of progress.   In 2019, the European Region continued its record-breaking trend in routine vaccination coverage rates against measles and other vaccine preventable diseases. While 2020 saw an exceptionally low rate of reported measles cases, the pandemic has challenged national immunization programmes to keep up and catch up on routine shots. We must keep measles and other preventable diseases at bay by maintaining high routine vaccination coverage rates in every community, even during the pandemic. This year, more than ever, we call on everyone to do their part by choosing health information sources carefully, getting all routine vaccinations in due time and accepting COVID-19 vaccination for yourself and your loved ones when your turn comes. Talk to your children and others about vaccination, so they also come to see that it is not just an injection, but an investment in a healthier future and a safer world. A girl is getting her routine vaccination in Armenia. UNICEF Armenia/2021/Margaryan
03/01/2019
Vaccination drive ongoing to protect children from deadly measles outbreak in Ukraine
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/vaccination-drive-ongoing-protect-children-deadly-measles-outbreak-ukraine
Uliana Dziuba, 36, is holding the hands of her two young children as they wait to receive their vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Unlike her brother Volodia, nine-year-old Maryana is anxious, but Uliana knows how important today is. “I used to refuse to vaccinate the children against measles,” she says. “Once, I refused because they were sick at the time. Another time, there was a very powerful anti-vaccination campaign on social media. But Maryana got measles at age three and now I’m very worried that my son will get sick. I am vaccinating both of them for the first time today.” The pair are among thousands of children now being vaccinated in Lviv region, Ukraine, after the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF launched an immunization drive. It is using a combined approach: teams of mobile doctors are working to reach school-age children while local clinics are increasing their ability to vaccinate more children.  The drive is happening as UNICEF warns that global cases of measles have surged to alarmingly high levels – including in countries that had previously been declared measles free – eroding progress against this highly preventable, but potentially deadly disease. Maryana Dzuba, 9, receives her first dose of MMR vaccine on 21 February 2019 in the medical centre of the Lapaivka village school, Lviv region, Ukraine, as part of a three-week long catch-up vaccination campaign to increase MMR coverage among school aged children in the region. Maryana Dzuba, 9, receives her first dose of MMR vaccine on 21 February 2019 in the medical centre of the Lapaivka village school, Lviv region, Ukraine, as part of a three-week long catch-up vaccination campaign to increase MMR coverage among school aged children in the region. In Ukraine alone, according to Government data, there were more than 53,000 cases of measles in 2018. Another 24,000 people were infected just in the first two months of this year. The situation in Lviv region is particularly dangerous, with approximately 11,000 measles cases in 2018, and up to 50,000 unvaccinated children in the region. Of the 634 children attending Volodia and Maryana’s school in Lviv, only 13 remain unvaccinated due to the ongoing immunization drive. During the first two days, a total of 2,030 children were vaccinated. For many it was the first time. The vaccination drive also helps combat negative attitudes towards vaccination, as well as shortages in vaccine supply through 2009-2015. “Teachers and medical professionals have been campaigning for vaccinations,” says school headteacher Tetiana Malieryk. “We held all-school meetings and parent-teacher conferences, where the danger of measles was explained. Now fewer parents are refusing vaccinations and those children who did not receive vaccinations because of their parents’ beliefs are being vaccinated.” Next in line for vaccinations at the school in Lviv are six-year-old twins Vitalina and Yuliana. The girls and their mother Olesia Kechur, 37, are dressed in traditional embroidered clothing.  This will be their second vaccination against measles. Twins Vitalina and Yuliana Kechur, 6, are given a check-up by the doctor before receiving MMR vaccination on 21 February 2019 in the medical centre of the Lapaivka village school, Lviv region, western Ukraine. Twins Vitalina and Yuliana Kechur, 6, are given a check-up by the doctor before receiving MMR vaccination on 21 February 2019 in the medical centre of the Lapaivka village school, Lviv region, western Ukraine. “The mother is very responsible about vaccinations,” reports Halyna Narolska, their doctor. “They get all of them and don’t miss anything.” Narolska has been a doctor for over 30 years. During this time, she says, she has not seen a single complication from an MMR vaccine. “Temperature may increase and there may be rash on day four, but neither has happened to a single child that we have vaccinated,” she says. “The only way to stop the outbreak is to vaccinate all children.” “There is a measles outbreak all over the world,” remarked Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Healthcare Olha Stefanyshyna, during a recent visit to Lviv. “However, Ukraine is sadly a leader among the European countries. This is why we need to take extraordinary measures. I would like to say that this campaign is aimed primarily at children who missed their vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella in the past. Today, we have better coverage of children who are born now.” UNICEF and its partners are supporting governments to reach millions of children in countries around the globe with life-saving immunization. However, stronger commitment and actions to vaccinate more children and protect them from preventable diseases is critical – including in Ukraine.
04/25/2018
#VaccinesWork to protect children in Ukraine, amid measles outbreak
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/vaccineswork-protect-children-ukraine-amid-measles-outbreak
As a mother of two young children, Natalia was once told by her doctor that vaccinations were unnecessary. Now – with a measles outbreak gripping Ukraine –Natalia is glad she chose to ignore the doctor’s advice and instead vaccinate her children. This recent national outbreak has affected 16,500 people and killed 13, including nine children. According to a UNICEF poll taken in 2016, 16 percent of parents in Ukraine have refused vaccinations for their children.  Natalia with her two children in a park in Kyiv. Natalia, with her two young children in a park in Kyiv. “Many parents I know still refuse to vaccinate their children,” says Natalia, whose children received the MMR vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. “They say the vaccines are bad, that they have adverse effects. My children are fine and I think their health is more important.” Ukraine’s Ministry of Health has been leading the outbreak response since 2017 with support from UNICEF and other partners. While less than half of all children in the country were vaccinated against measles as part of routine immunization in 2016 (via the MMR vaccine), the number more than doubled in 2017 to over 90 percent, according to the Ministry. Valentyna Ginzburg, a doctor who heads Kyiv’s state healthcare department, says she and her team have been working to combat the measles outbreak since first being alerted to a rise in infections following the New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations in 2018. “We received information on the incidence rates of measles in Kyiv,” Dr. Ginzburg says. “We knew we needed to take rapid action to prevent a situation similar to other regions, such as Odesa, where there had already been fatalities amongst both adults and children from the illness.” Measles is one of the most contagious diseases around and we understood that if we were not proactive and did not control it, it would have not been long before we had the same situation as in other regions. Dr. Ginzburg Dr. Ginzburg explains how she and her colleagues had to act quickly to stop the spread of the disease in Kyiv. UNICEF/2018/Krepkih Dr. Ginzburg explains how she and her colleagues had to act quickly to stop the spread of the disease in Kyiv. In the four days that followed, 11,000 children were vaccinated in Kyiv. Around 48,000 children were immunized from January to March, a tally that would normally take 12 months to reach. Following national recommendations on outbreak response, authorities in Kyiv launched a ‘situation room’ to collect the latest information and coordinate response actions. Being vaccinated was also made a pre-condition for children attending schools and preschools to help stop the spread. The city administration also encouraged medical specialists to visit schools and raise awareness of vaccination among both teachers and parents.  Maryna Stefanenko, a pediatrician at a clinic on the left bank of Kyiv, gives more details. “We had a lot of people coming in, even those who normally go to private clinics,” she says. Dr Stefanenko’s clinic usually administers around 80 vaccines per day, but during the outbreak they were immunizing around 1,200 people each day.   On the other side of the city, in Obolon district, another clinic rushed to meet demand. A pediatrician there, Dr Natalia Yatsenko, explained that as part of her job, she must sign the paperwork for parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. She says she spends a lot of time explaining the benefits of vaccination, as well as the risks for children who do not receive their shot. Before the measles outbreak, she managed to talk some 10 per cent of objectors into changing their mind. However, during the outbreak, she did not even have to persuade them – many parents who were once against vaccinations were very keen to bring their children to the clinic. A young boy receives several vaccines at a time at Dr Natalia Yatsenko clinic in Kyiv. A young boy receives several vaccines at a time at Dr Natalia Yatsenko clinic in Kyiv. Another factor in the response? The effects of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. “We had some internally displaced people from the eastern regions who came to our clinic,” says Yatsenko. “They told us that their children’s vaccination records had been falsified, and now they wanted to vaccinate them for real. So we vaccinated them.” “We also vaccinated some parents,” adds Stefanenko. “The parents bought the vaccines for themselves from the pharmacy then brought them to us and we administered the shots.” Dr. Ginzburg also advocated with the Kyiv authorities to address one of the biggest issues the country is struggling with - access to vaccines for adults and health workers. “All health workers had to be checked and those who required vaccination had to be immunized,” she says. “Then we were sure that, no matter what, the doctors wouldn’t be incapacitated.” The city administration also made sure the municipal pharmacy chain had measles vaccines available for adults. Artem, six, receives his second dose of the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine in Kyiv. Artem, six, receives his second dose of the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine in Kyiv. Although vaccines for children were available in 2017, increased demand had depleted stocks in some regions. To help replenish stocks, a new expedited supply of MMR vaccines was delivered by UNICEF at the request of the Ministry of Health at the end of February 2018, and another 800,000 doses are due this month, to ensure sufficient vaccines for both routine immunization of children and those who may have missed their immunizations in previous years. Significant progress has been made in reaching more children with vaccines, yet still an estimated 1.5 million children die globally from vaccine preventable diseases every year and an estimated half a million children in the region are still not immunized. Millions of lives can be saved by extending basic health services like routine immunization to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, and UNICEF is on the ground immunizing millions of children each year . Vaccines protect children against disease and death, saving up to three million lives every year. In short, #VaccinesWork. 
04/26/2019
The undeniable power of vaccines
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/undeniable-power-vaccines
]: Olena Kudryashova and her daughter, Maya, 17 months, walk outside their home in Kyiv. Both caught measles in 2018. Olena was infected first, before spreading the illness to her daughter. Today, Olena supports vaccination as early as possible. “Vaccination, like politics or religion, leaves no one indifferent,” she says. “But… there is no room for discussion in vaccination. It is absurd to deny its effectiveness.” Инна Онищенко, блогер Facebook, популярный среди молодых матерей в Украине. “It is easy to be an anti-vaccinator when you have no children,” admits Inna Onyshchenko, a Facebook blogger popular among mothers of young children in Ukraine. Before she was a mother, Inna spoke out against vaccination. When she became pregnant, she reconsidered. Today, her three-year-old daughter Zoryana has all of her vaccinations and Inna shares her experiences on her blog, dispelling common myths about immunization.  Светлана Овдий играет возле своего дома в пригороде Киева со своим трёхлетним сыном Кириллом. Svitlana Ovdiy plays with her son Kyrylo, 3, a tetanus survivor, near their house outside Kyiv. The infection put Kyrylo in a medically-induced coma, and he spent 50 days in the hospital. “When he heard my voice... he started crying, calling for help, but there was nothing more I could do,” Svitlana recalls. “Now vaccination is a top priority issue in our family.”  Ханна Прокопышин находится со своим девятилетним внуком Дмитрием в больнице, где он проходит лечение от бронхиальной астмы. Hanna Prokopyshyn sits with her grandson Dmytro, 9, in the hospital where he receives treatment for bronchial asthma. Dmytro’s parents initially were afraid to vaccinate their son due to his condition – a concern doctors dispelled, especially amid Ukraine’s measles outbreak. Dmytro has already successfully received the first dose of the MMR vaccine and his parents plan to follow the National Immunization Schedule. Сергей Олийнык, врач-педиатр, изображён на фото со своей годовалой дочерью Катей. Serhiy Oliynyk, a paediatrician, holds his daughter Katya, age 1, before setting off to work at Kosiv hospital in Western Ukraine. Serhiy promotes vaccines among his patients and recently had Katya inoculated against measles. Children should generally receive their first dose of the MMR vaccine at age 1; babies at high risk of contracting measles, especially during an outbreak, can receive the MMR shot as early as 6 months. Анна Кравчук, студентка медицинского университета, является одной из шести детей в своей семье. Anna Kravchuk, a university student and one of six children, did not get vaccinated until the measles outbreak in Ukraine reached her school. Many of Anna’s fellow students were infected – one died. After Anna got vaccinated, she convinced her mother to vaccinate her younger sisters. “I am sometimes being asked for medical advice,” she says. “And, of course, in the first year of study I am not a reliable adviser. But for immunization I know for sure – it just must be done. It is obligatory.” Марьяна Возница, главный врач Украинской специализированной детской больницы во Львове, изображена на фото в своём кабинете. “The problems with vaccination... result from the poor communication between doctors and and patients,” says Maryana Voznytsya, Head Doctor at the Ukrainian Specialized Children’s Hospital in Lviv. She adds that her hospital deals with the consequences of other doctors’ vaccination failures. In recent years, the hospital has received six tetanus cases, with many doctors facing the disease for the first time. “Everyone should know that doctors and patients are on the same side in the fight against diseases.”  Олесь Похраничный, директор частной школы во Львове, изображён на фото с одной из трёх своих дочерей. Oles Pohranychnyi, a private school director in Lviv, once believed the misconceptions surrounding vaccines – he and his wife decided not to vaccinate their three daughters. Increased risk of measles and other illnesses in Ukraine, such as tetanus and diphtheria, made them change their minds. “The National Education System should... give people confidence in vaccination and health services in general,” Oles says, holding his daughter. He now organizes UNICEF-supported vaccination training for parents and arranges inoculations for staff.  Медсестра Иванна Кныш на фото после вакцинации троих детей в Западной Украине. “The more openly we talk about vaccination, the more we'll be trusted by parents, because they realize that there's nothing to be afraid of,” says Ivanna Knysh, pictured after vaccinating three children in Western Ukraine. Until recently, Ivanna, a nurse, worked at a healthcare facility in Novoselytsya, a town in which 100 per cent of children were vaccinated thanks to her efforts. Now a UNICEF-certified vaccination trainer, Ivanna actively encourages doctors to help dispel parents’ fears by better explaining the procedure.   Игорь Сухомлин, ресторатор, изображён на фото вместе с женой и тремя детьми у своего ресторана в Киеве. After his middle son contracted chickenpox, Igor Sukhomlyn, a restaurateur and thought leader in Kyiv, was not willing to take any chances. He and his wife immediately vaccinated other members of the family from chickenpox, and no one else got sick. “Vaccination is a valuable scientific achievement,” says Igor, pictured with his wife and children in front of his restaurant.    This World Immunization Week, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are launching a  new global campaign  to emphasize the power and safety of vaccines. From 24–31 April, the foundation will contribute US$1 to UNICEF for every like or share of a social media post using the hashtag #VaccinesWork, up to US$1 million. In the meantime, UNICEF will continue to assist Ukraine’s Ministry of Health in monitoring the outbreak, helping the Government procure free vaccines and spreading the message that together, communities can protect everyone through vaccines.   Learn more World Immunization Week UNICEF's work on immunization  in the region Vaccine FAQs Parents' most frequently asked questions about vaccines Vaccines and the diseases they prevent Vaccines and the diseases they prevent