Vaccination is the best preventive measure to protect the population against infectious diseases that endanger lives, and immunologist Srija Jankovic says last year the measles epidemic showed what could happen if the number of vaccinated children was reduced.
Prior to the launch of the forum "Promoting the importance of immunological research in healthcare", which was held in SANU, he said the epidemic affected the changing attitudes of parents and the increased incidence of vaccinated children.
At the Institute of Public Health of Serbia "Dr. Milan Jovanovic Batut", the coverage of vaccination in the second year of life of MMR (against measles, mumps and rubella) has increased to 93.4 percent, which, they say, approaches the level of protection of 95 percent provide good collective immunity.
Jankovic told Tanjug that vaccination saved most of human lives if the right to drinking water that WHO puts in the first place is excluded.
"Vaccines are safer than all the drugs we use." The ratio of well-being and risk, which is always measured by any therapy and preventive measures, is most likely to be the most suitable for vaccination. The risk of vaccination is extremely rare and can not be compared with the risks of infectious diseases that the vaccine prevents, "he explains.
He recalled that the new Vaccine Regulation, which involves the introduction of another compulsory vaccine against pneumococcus bacteria, as well as more recommended vaccines, is in force from 1 April.
Among the recommended vaccines is the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine used to prevent the development of cervical cancer.
He said the vaccine in the countries where it was used showed good results and reduced the number of patients with cervical cancer, Tanjug reported.
"In countries where vaccination has been introduced, where a large number of girls and boys have been vaccinated, the number of pre-cancerous lesions has fallen deeply and therefore we can expect that the number of cancer patients will fall," he explained, adding that Finland is already registered drop of cervical cancer.