Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mumbai races against time to vaccinate kids between nine months and five years of age with vaccines to combat measles, the exponential rise in cases has been attributed to vaccine hesitancy and children missing their routine jabs.
“Many children missed their (routine) vaccination for measles due to COVID-19. We saw many people travelling back home during the lockdown and their children remained unvaccinated,” Mangala Gomare, executive health officer, BMC, told Moneycontrol.
Dr Gomare said cases of the infectious disease that can be serious for children tend to rise during winters but added that this time the numbers are above normal. The unvaccinated cohort of children in the densely populated areas where the outbreak has occurred was high, said the BMC official, adding that cases started increasing from the end of September.
According to BMC data, Mumbai has seen over 220 cases and nine deaths this year, compared with just nine infections and one death last year.