Vaccination completely safe, no side effects: Expert
Srinagar: Soon after the rumours, suggesting children got unwell after being administered anti-polio vaccination on Sunday, started doing rounds across the Valley, not only made locals frenzy and confused but also paved way for another remedial rumor that eating bananas may help in treatment.
Interestingly, even the vendors too were not aware about reason that triggered the brisk sale of this fruit.
Claiming ignorance about the rumours, Bashir Ahmad, a fruit vendor near the SMHS Hospital, told Kashmir Reader: “I came to know about the rumour only after a child was forced to eat the fruit (banana) by his mother at my shop.”
“In no time my whole stock was exhausted,” he added.
Another fruit vendor Muhammad Shafi echoing similar views said, “As soon as the demand increased we had to rationalise, distribute randomly among the customers, the stock. Otherwise we were selling the fruit at Rs 70 per dozen.”
“Customers were of the opinion that bananas help in countering the Harmful effects of the vaccination”, Shafi said.
Many news groups on the social media had earlier suggested that the eating bananas can diminish ‘Harmful effects of the vaccination’.
However, the experts termed the banana remedy baseless and requested that in any case should not be administered without consulting a doctor.
“I have never heard anything as such. This is very unfortunate if somebody is forcefully making infants and toddlers eat the fruit (banana),” Dr. Anjali Nakra, Pediatrician and Nutritionists at Max Hospital Delhi told Kashmir Reader.
“No doubt bananas are nutritious fruit and should be included in the daily routine. The body of an infant is not developed to digest such fruits definitely is not advisable,” Nakra said.
Nakra also rubbished the rumours suggesting that children got unwell after being administered anti-polio drops.
“In some rarest of rare cases there might be an issue otherwise anti-polio drops are completely safe. They have no side effects,” he said.