Measles vaccination drive from Feb 7

Measles vaccination drive from Feb 7

The state government will launch a measles-rubella vaccination campaign from February 7 to 28 to vaccinate children between nine months and 15 years.

Primary Education Minister Tanveer Sait, at a joint press conference with Health and Family Welfare Minister K R Ramesh Kumar, said that as many as 1.65 crore children across the state would be vaccinated during the campaign. The booths for vaccination would be set up in schools, anganwadi centres and health centres. The state government has partnered with WHO, Unicef, Indian Association of Paediatrics, Rotary, Lions, Red Cross Society and other NGOs for the campaign.

Even as the government has clarified that repeating the vaccine for children who have already been vaccinated would not cause any side effects, several parents and school managements are apprehensive.

D Shashi Kumar, organising secretary of the Karnataka State Private School Managements’ Federation said that several private schools are not willing to vaccinate children. “Most of them claim that the child is vaccinated already. They are also worried whether the second dose would have an adverse effect on the child’s health,” he added.

Meanwhile Geetha Patil, president, Bangalore Paediatric Society said that there was evidence to prove that a second dose would not lead to any adverse effects.

Sait said that children who are vaccinated could have symptoms such as fever and dizziness. He said that an advisory would be given to parents to accompany these children to school and back when vaccinated.  The left thumb of the children who are vaccinated would be inked. Vaccines are being offered by the government free of cost.

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