Telangana Health Dept To Administer Special MRCV Vaccine Doses To Children

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The Telangana State Health Department is expected to administer a special dose of Measles and Rubella Containing Vaccine (MRCV) for children.  The decision to administer the vaccine to kids between 9 months and 5 years is said to be taken as per the advisory issued by the Union Health Ministry.

Recently, the Union Health Ministry issued an advisory, asking the respective state governments to administer the special vaccine amid the rising number of Measles.  Fatal amongst kids, Measles, a viral respiratory illness usually happens due to moderate and severe malnourishment. Basic symptoms of Measles are fever, cough, cold and conjunctivitis, lack of vitamins. 

A group of experts from the Indian Health Ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have urged the Indian States to administer a special dose of MRCV to children between 9 months and 5 years. The advisory came after a significant outbreak of measles in six Indian states,  Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala and Maharashtra. 

The outbreak took place in areas that were predominantly unvaccinated or the coverage of MRCV vaccines was average. The Union Health Ministry advisory read, “Consider administering one additional special dose for Measles and Rubella (MRCV) to all children of 9 months to 5 years in vulnerable areas in ‘Outbreak Response Immunization’ (ORl) mode.  This dose would be in addition to the primary vaccination schedule of the first dose at 9-12 months and the second dose at 16-24 months.”

To avoid the massive outbreak of this disease, the Telangana Health Ministry confirmed to conduct of the MRCV vaccine drives in vulnerable areas across Telangana.

In Telangana, Mr. T. Harish Rao, the Health Minister of Telangana, said that the MCRV vaccination drive would be supervised by the District Task Force on immunisation.  Respective district collectors would lead these task forces on immunisation along with the situation of measles on a daily/weekly basis and plan the response activities accordingly.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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