‘I chose to vaccinate my son. It’s the best way to protect his health’

Immunization and its importance for children

UNICEF
Immunization in Moldova health center
UNICEF/Moldova/2017/Foca
24 April 2018

According to the National Public Health Centre data, more than 40 thousand cases of infectious diseases that pose danger to health, particularly to children, are prevented due to immunization. Thanks to immunization, the Republic of Moldova registers today no cases of poliomyelitis, rubella and tetanus, and the number of Hepatitis B cases has dropped significantly, especially at children. At the same time, a reduction in the vaccination coverage is registered, as an increasing number of parents refuse to vaccinate their children.

‘Although insignificant, the gradual decrease in the rate of immunization among the population is a matter of concern. The decrease in vaccination coverage is the result of misleading information spread to the population, that can become widely accepted’, said Nune Mangasaryan, UNICEF Representative in Moldova.

Mariana Rasoi has initially doubted the benefits of vaccination. Nonetheless, following a lot of ‘pros’ and ‘cons’, she vaccinated her child.

‘There is a lot of misleading information about the child vaccination risks on the Internet. There are a lot of websites promoting anti-vaccination. That is why mothers should consult trustworthy sources, such as UNICEF or WHO, when deciding whether to vaccinate their children or not. ‘I chose to vaccinate my child. It’s the safest method to protect his health’, said Mariana Rasoi.

This year, the Ministry of Health approved the Fifth National Immunization Program, which provides for free vaccination of the population against 12 infectious diseases and an increase in vaccination coverage up to 95%. All vaccines are stored in safe refrigerators and special freezers, with triple temperature control systems and permanent monitoring.

‘The Republic of Moldova has never imported vaccines of low quality. We purchase all vaccines from the manufacturers pre-qualified by WHO. And as of 2016, all vaccines are purchased through the UNICEF’s supply networks, which proves once again the quality of the vaccine’, added Anatol Melnic, Head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention under the National Public Health Center.

‘UNICEF will continue to support the Ministry of Health in its efforts to improve vaccination coverage not only by supporting the vaccine procurement, but also by raising public awareness and by improving the communication skills of healthcare workers so that they had enough skills to help parents understand the benefits of vaccination’, added Angela Capcelea, Child and Adolescent Health Officer, UNICEF.

We recall that in the Republic of Moldova, the period of 24-30 April is traditionally dedicated to the European Immunization Week (EIW). This year, the EIW slogan was ‘Vaccines work’.