Since the beginning of 2018, approximately 50 cases of measles – a fatal disease in one case in 1000 – have been reported in Wallonia.
This was stated by Regional Health Minister Alda Greoli (cdH), questioning coverage of vaccinations in the Walloon Parliament Committee by Socialist Sophie Pécriaux.
If there is a recurrence of the disease amplified by the multiplication of vaccine refusals – more than 41,000 cases of measles and 37 deaths related to the disease were reported in Europe in the first half of 2018 – Valonia seems therefore relatively spared, according to Aviq figures, Valone agency for a quality life.
In any case, it is far from the outbreak of the epidemic in Ukraine (23,000 cases), Italy, Greece, France, Germany and the UK.
"There is nothing alarming in Valonia," said Alda Greoli, adding that the issue of vaccination was the responsibility of the Walloon-Brussels Federation. This did not prevent the minister responsible for the federation from recalling that "several days were planned for vaccination and that many actions are being organized together with the ONE to promote vaccination coverage."
A new brochure for parents was also published, and the vaccination-info.be site was reviewed.
With regard to the issue of vaccine refusals, "we currently have no figures. Certainly we will know more at the end of the next immunization study for infants planned for 2019," Greoli concluded.