Plan to vaccinate over 1 million of children against measles, German measles in Mandalay

A press conference on mass immunization campaign of measles and German measles for under 15 children was held at Swan Hotel, here, on 8 January.
The vaccination will be jointly conducted by Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, UNICEF and GAVI.
At the press conference, Head of Mandalay Region Health Department Dr Than Win said that vaccination will be given to students under 15 at the school for the first programme and to children under 15 in the community for the second programme.
Assistant Director Dr Htar Htar Lin of Health Department said that measles is a quick infectious disease. People need to receive vaccination for measles two times at 9 months old and 18 years. German measles vaccination will be given to the youths in 2015 programme.
Assistant Director Dr Thiha explained the purpose of providing vaccination to the people and infection of these two diseases.
Information officer U Ye Lwin of UNICEF (Myanmar) said, “UNICEF and WHO will provide vaccination equipment and technology to the Ministry of Health. GAVI will donate vaccination for the programme. The group estimated to donate over 17 million ampoules for Myanmar.”
The mass immunization of measles and German measles will be carried out twice in Myanmar from 19 to 27 January and from 19 to 28 February.
Officials estimated vaccination will be given to over 1 million children in Mandalay Region.–Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)

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