Photo (c) Steven Depolo

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Ukrainian Health Authority is advising foreign football fans to think about getting vaccinated against measles ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament. Cases of measles have been on the rise since 2010, with over 1,000 cases said to have been reported over the past 12 months. 

Health Ministry spokeswoman Svetlana Tikhonenko has advised foreign visitors to be covered for measles, rubella and tuberculosis. 

Many in Ukraine blame the current epidemic on a batch of botched vaccinations in 2009 with at least one death - that of a 17 year old boy in the Donetsk region - blamed on poisonous vaccinations.