MR vaccination:Students fell ill not due to AEFI but anxiety, fear 

GUWAHATI: 29 students who reportedly fell ill after administeted Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination at Sahabad ME Madrassa under Katlicherra revenue circle in Hailakandi district of South Assam were not due to adverse events following immunization (AEFI), according to health authorities.

Meanwhile,  all the 24 affected students  have  already been discharged on Saturday. Of the five referred to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital, two have been discharged.

District Immunization Officer (DIO) Dr. K. Thambalsena disclosed that the students who were reportedly taken ill after taking  of MR vaccine were not due to AEFI but due to anxiety and hysteria induced by injection fear.
The DIO said the AEFI symptoms generally associated with MR vaccine such as rashes  were not seen in Saturday’s incident. “Medical examination of the students who were taken ill , tevealed that it was not due to MR vaccination but due to anxiety and hysteria induced by the fear factor of being injected,” she added.
Joint Director, Health Services, Dr.Avijit Basu, who rushed to the site of the incident and personally monitored the whole situation, categorically stated that had it been cases of AEFI, all the 120 students vaccinated at the school would have fallen ill.
The health authorities here have asked the people not to panic as MR vaccine approved by the WHO is highly safe with an impassioned plea to extend support and cooperation to the ongoing MR vaccination campaign in the days ahead.
Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan, Circle Officer, Katlicherra, James Aind and DIO Dr.Thambalsena immunized their children with MR vaccine.

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