Even throughout regular instances, menstruation is a favorite matter round which misinformation storm troopers on social media weave hare-brained myths.
The pandemic appears to have supplied them with a extra fertile floor going by the terrible theories being peddled linking menstruation and vaccination on social media. Getting vaccinated throughout menstruation can result in extreme bleeding and unusually acute ache, says one such story.
The marketing campaign appears to have gained some traction going by the anxious calls acquired on the helpline being run by the Women and Child Development Department.
Poster marketing campaign
Taking the matter severely, the division has launched into a poster marketing campaign debunking these myths. The posters amongst different issues search to strengthen that vaccination throughout menstruation is as secure as any time, neither will it cut back immunity or result in extreme bleeding.
“We have also asked our 33,500 anganwadi workers to clarify the matter to the ones swayed by such misinformation campaign through calls since anganwadis remain closed now. However, they have been asked to do it judiciously as we don’t want to inadvertently help increase the reach of misinformation, which is now largely confined to social media,” T.A. Anupama, Director, Women and Child Development Department.
Swapna Bhasker, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ernakulam General Hospital, mentioned that linking vaccination and menstruation was fully devoid of any scientific or medical foundation. She mentioned that the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India has issued a round debunking the myths.
“Such claims (side effects of vaccination during menstruation) are completely unscientific. There is no physiological, endocrine, or immunological basis affecting vaccination cycle. Women can take the vaccine on any day of the menstrual cycle including the days of the periods. There is no scientific basis for delaying or avoiding vaccination for this reason,” the discharge mentioned.
M.G. Sivadas, nodal officer for immunisation in Ernakulam district the place take a look at positivity fee has exceeded 30%, mentioned the Union Health Ministry itself has debunked the parable. “In fact, even those allergic to certain drugs should go for vaccination as it can only boost one’s immunisation. The bottom line is whether you risk vaccination owing to some unscientific myths or risk getting infected with this dreaded virus and die gasping for breath,” he mentioned.