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New Delhi will vaccinate five and a half million children


January 14, 2019, 23:11
New Delhi, January 15 (Prensa Latina) The capital of India today will launch a vaccination campaign against rubella and measles for about five and a half million children aged nine months to 15 years.

For five weeks New Delhi will have about 30,000 vaccination sessions.

In the first phase, the vaccines will be given to a small number of 5400 schools, followed by a further 4200 small and informal education centers, as directed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

India is committed to eliminating measles and controlling rubella and congenital rubella by 2020.

The aim of the vaccination campaign for schools, communities and public hospitals and health centers is to cover about 400 million children.

Approximately 26 million births are produced every year in the whole South Asian country.

According to the National Health Survey data, 62% of Indian children aged 12-23 months in 2015-2016 received basic vaccines, 44% more than a decade ago, 2005-2005.

In February 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched an ambitious vaccination campaign against measles and rubella to protect children from preventable diseases.

Since December 2018, more than 200 million children across India received the vaccine according to official data.

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