Kenya’s Ministry of Health has announced its plans for the biggest-ever national vaccination campaign against measles and rubella. As a parent, here is what you need to know about it.
Administration of the new vaccine called MR, which combines the measles and rubella (also known as German measles).
Children aged nine months – 14 years.
16 May – 24 May 2016.
Measles is a highly infectious and serious disease that can kill children directly or by weakening their immune systems, making them susceptible to other infections. Rubella is also a highly infectious viral disease that can cause serious health complications to newborns such as birth defects, heart problems, loss of hearing and eyesight, and brain damage. Measles and Rubella have no specific treatments available. They are best prevented by vaccination.
How is the Vaccine Administered?
An injection on the upper right arm.
The vaccine will be given in health centers and temporary shelters such as religious institutions, schools and administrative places. The MR vaccine will be given to children in all 47 counties.
What if my Child has been Vaccinated Before?
Kenya’s Head of Vaccines and Immunization Dr. Ephantus Maree says that the vaccine is safe, and advises parents to also bring children who have been vaccinated in the past. Dr. Maree says that among those vaccinated, not all develop immunity. Only about 85 per cent develop immunity, he says.
So there you go. Will you avail your child for this vaccination?
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