Claims that refusing to vaccinate children could fuel rise in antibiotic-resistant superbugs

THE recent spike in measles cases in Gauteng and the Western Cape is a direct result of parents refusing to vaccinate against the illness, according to a press release from Pharma Dynamics, a generic pharmaceutical company in South Africa.

Annemarie Blackmore, Pharma Dynamics’ Antimicrobials Portfolio Manager, says vaccinating a child is paramount in the ongoing fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

“Antibiotic resistance is when an antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively control or kill bacterial growth and is exacerbated by the unnecessary and incorrect use of antibiotics. Vaccines have the potential to decrease disease, which can in turn reduce the need for antibiotic use.”

According to the press release many parents remain sceptical of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, following a UK study that linked the vaccine to autism.
Blackmore says the study has since been proven fraudulent by an investigation published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

“Contrary to these mistaken beliefs, vaccines play a pivotal role, and even more so in the next two to three decades, in combatting illnesses and anti-microbial resistance alike.”

• Measles is one of the most infectious diseases in the world. Look out for a high fe­ver and flu-like symptoms. Two to three days in, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth, followed by a rash which usually starts out as tiny flat red spots on the face, neck, trunk and extremities. If you suspect a child has the measles, visit a GP or clinic immediately.