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Measles-Rubella Campaign: Arunachal Pradesh achieves 100 percent vaccination against MR

Under the Global Vaccine Action Plan, measles and rubella are targeted for elimination in five WHO Regions by 2020.

Measles-Rubella Campaign: Arunachal Pradesh achieves 100 percent vaccination against MR
Measles-Rubella Campaign (image credit: twitter)

The Measles-Rubella (MR) Vaccination Campaign came into action last Month on 1 February across the Arunachal Pradesh literally, to eliminate measles and control rubella in the country by 2020.

As a result, the state has achieved its target to vaccinate 100 percent of its children against MR during a month-long campaign.

During the month-long statewide campaign, which was officially launched by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Jan 30, about five lakh children in the age group of nine months to 15 years were targeted for anti-Measles-Rubella vaccine irrespective of their previous vaccination status.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It remains an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

Rubella is a contagious, generally mild viral infection that occurs most often in children and young adults. Rubella is the leading vaccine-preventable cause of birth defects.

Under the Global Vaccine Action Plan, measles and rubella are targeted for elimination in five WHO Regions by 2020. WHO is the lead technical agency responsible for coordination of immunization and surveillance activities supporting all countries to achieve this goal.



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