Gov’t to roll out measles immunization nationwide

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By KBC Reporter

The Ministry of Health is set to roll out a nationwide mass immunization exercise against measles and rubella diseases for children aged between 9 months and 14 years.

Health Principal Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri says the immunization campaign set to kick off from the 16th to 24th of May is intended to boost the immunity of over 19 million children across the country against the killer diseases.

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The ministry of health has at the same time reassured the public on the safety of the vaccines.

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In collaboration with an international NGO Gavi, the ministry of health, says the vaccination exercise that will last for 9 days from the 16th to 24th of May is intended to boost the immunity of over 19 million children across the country against the killer diseases.

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Dr. Muraguri has revealed that the ministry will spend close to 2.1 billion shillings raising awareness in communities on the significance of immunization against Measles-Rubella vaccination as well as tetanus.

In view of resistance witnessed in the past from a section of religious leaders the ministry of health has reassured Kenyans about the safety of the vaccines.

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According to the ministry the immunization will help cover all the susceptible children who did not get protection from routine measles vaccinations.

Parents have been urged to take the immunization exercise seriously as the rubella infection can lead to blindness, deafness, mental retardation, heart defects and a range of other conditions that affect children’s development

 

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