Ten children in the hemato-oncological ward of Ichilov Hospital were exposed to measles by a cancer patient and urged to receive immediate preventive care.
Children will receive an immunoglobulin injection on Wednesday.
Child with measles is a cancer patient who comes to the ward for an appointment. The doctors noticed that the symptoms of measles were confirmed and that the laboratory test confirmed the diagnosis.
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Authorities in the Tel Aviv hospital said the child was quickly contacting the other 10 patients in the ward. None of them were hospitalized.
This comes a day after the Ministry of Health decides to restrict hospital visits to unvaccinated people against measles and denies access to sensitive services such as the care of premature infants, intensive care and hematology units, where patients weaken the immune system. .
In recent months, dozens of children, infants and preterm babies have been called for preventive treatment after contact with measles at the hospital.
Also Monday, officials of the Ministry of Health decided to move on for the first dose of the vaccine at the age of 12 months to nine months due to the limited effectiveness of the vaccine at this age and the necessity of repeating the vaccine at the age of 12 years. months for premature infants.
However, the Ministry of Health officials responsible for areas with outbreaks may decide to apply to babies aged 9-11 months for early vaccination. The decision was made with representatives of health care organizations and other experts, as well as the head of the pediatrician's union.
At present, vaccination is recommended for infants aged 6 to 11 months before departure.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Health decided that more steps should be taken to prevent the outbreak, and they check the possibility of school-leaving children who are not vaccinated – a complex step from a legal point of view.
12 students in the town of Golan Heights in Katzrin became ill and got sick. According to reports on Sunday, these young women went to school last week with measles. The Ministry contacted parents.
First-grade students at Rimonim School in Ashdod were given second-dose vaccines after a teacher reported suffering from the disease. Later it turned out that the teacher was not measles.
1334 measles cases have been reported since the beginning of the year. In 15 years, he was the first to die of measles in Israel.
The number of cases in Jerusalem, especially in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, has increased. The ministry decided to expand its immunization program, particularly in the more vulnerable areas of the city. Authorities say an immune damage in the past few weeks has increased immunity levels from 55 per cent to 55 per cent of the population. But this is still a lower immunity rate than anywhere else in the country and is less than the 95 percent vaccination rate required for disease immunity.
The Ministry extends the hours of good baby clinics and keeps them open from the 8th onwards. Until 08:00 and on Fridays 8 A.M. until noon. In addition, an inoculation program on wheels will continue to visit affected neighborhoods and will encourage residents to vaccinate.