Over 27 lakh kids immunized with Measles-Rubella vaccine in Jammu

The campaign was launched on September 24 to cover nearly 38 lakh children in the age group of nine months to 15 years to eliminate the congenital rubella syndrome, caused by the rubella virus

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New Delhi: The state of Jammu and Kashmir has immunized over 27.85 lakh children with Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine during an ongoing vaccination campaign. The campaign was launched on September 24 to cover nearly 38 lakh children in the age group of nine months to 15 years to eliminate the congenital rubella syndrome, caused by the rubella virus.

As per the spokesperson of J&K government, “A total of 37,72,960 children will be covered in the state, of whom 27,85,731 have been vaccinated till date with 17,00,994 children covered in the Kashmir division and 10,84,737 in the Jammu division.”

The campaign is expected to be concluded by the end of November as against the scheduled October 20 deadline. The measles-rubella campaign marks the introduction of the rubella vaccine in India’s childhood immunization programme for the first time.