Measles-Rubella vaccination from today in J&K

38 lakh children to get single shot of vaccine

Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 23 2018 11:43PM | Updated Date: Sep 23 2018 11:43PM
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The measles and rubella (MR) vaccination campaign slated to cover around 38 lakh school children in J&K will start on Monday across State.

The campaign will start at school for differently-abled children at Solina Srinagar where all the enrolled students will be administered MR vaccine on Monday. Other schools from across J&K will also start vaccination.

During the campaign, which shall conclude on 20 October 2018, about 37.7 Lakh children between the age group of 9 months and 15 years will be given a single shot of Measles-Rubella vaccine.

Director, Family Welfare MCH and Immunization J&K Dr Samir Mattoo said that schools across Kashmir have coordinated with chief medical officers (CMOs) of their areas and prepared a schedule for vaccination in their institutes. “All schools have already prepared a schedule and communicated with the parents about the vaccination,” he said.

The measles-rubella campaign marks the introduction of the rubella vaccine in India’s childhood immunization programme for the first time. 

Rubella, which is commonly referred to as German measles is a mild infection, but can have serious consequences if it occurs in pregnant women.

India’s latest MR vaccine also protects against measles, a major killer of small children. Highly contagious, it spreads through contact.  Nearly 37 percent of the global burden of deaths due to measles is in India, mainly due to complications such as diarrhea and pneumonia.

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