MRVC: So far 3.30 lakh children vaccinated in State

MRVC: So far 3.30 lakh children vaccinated in State

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Mission Director (NHM) Dr Tapasya Raghav in a review meeting on Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign here today with the district team of Papumpare said that viral video playing with the minds of general population on whether to accept the vaccine or not is ‘false and misleading’ one. It was revealed in the meeting that so far 3,30,000 children have been vaccinated across the State without any adverse event or side effect.

The MD (NHM) assuring the people of the State said that the Govt-run MR vaccination campaign is free of side effects and is committed to eliminate measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020.

“When children are not vaccinated fully and on time, the entire community’s health is at risk,” said the MD. She further added that the campaign has to be a group effort, involving officials, doctors, parents, families, children, hospitals, healthcare workers, and every citizen, and who can raise awareness for effective result.

“We need to be afraid of what will happen if we don’t immunize our beloved children,” the MD questioned stating that the MR vaccine certified by WHO is a very safe vaccine. “The vaccine does not cause any side effects and provides long-term protection from measles and rubella.”

State Immunization Officer Dr D Padung said, “All children of 9 months to less than 15 years must get vaccinated with this vaccine during this campaign. This vaccine is being given in all schools, community halls, Anganwadi centers and Govt health centers. The child should be given this vaccine, even if he/she has already been given the MR/MMR vaccine earlier”.

When rumors arrest people’s faith and belief, the health of children is at stake. Let us all pledge to work together and make the MR campaign a success in our state in order to protect our future generation from brunt of measles and rubella diseases, Dr Padung added.

This largest ever vaccination campaign worldwide aims to cover approximately 5 lakh children in Arunachal Pradesh. Measles is a highly infectious disease that continues to kill many of our infants and young children and rubella infection in pregnant women disables a child for life with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) that may result in deafness, blindness and heart defects.

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