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236,000 Children to Get Measles, Rubella Injection

236,000 Children to Get  Measles, Rubella Injection
Samabula Health Center staff Nurse Shashi Lata (left) and Taina Marisela while giving measles immunization shot to 5 year-old Dick Bogidrau during their month long house to house call for measles immunization. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
September 22
11:00 2017

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is deploying teams to conduct a nationwide Measles Rubella Supplementary Immunisation (SIA) drive until September 30.

The Ministry hopes to vaccinate 236,000 during the campaign for children between one-year and 11-years-old.

This is regardless of their history of measles immunisation or illness.

Nurses and medical officers are targeting communities, schools, kindergartens, special schools, day care centres to carry out the immunisation.

The Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) used contains both Measles and Rubella antigens, and comes in an injectable preparation given subcutaneously.

Guardian of five-year-old Dick Bogidrau of Bureta Street in Samabula, Suva, Dick Rijsdam said it is very important for children to be vaccinated for measles.

“It is for the betterment of the children as they grow old. It is important to keep checking the vaccination record of your children to ensure that they are vaccined,” Mr Rijsdam said.

 

What is measles

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. Measles starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes coughs, runny nose, and red eyes.

Then rashes of tiny, red spots break out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles can be serious for young children.

It can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death. Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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