MADURAI: Japanese Encephalitis vaccination covering 7.5 lakh children in Madurai district to prevent ‘brain fever’ was launched here on Thursday. The Health Department and School Education Department are implementing the programme for all children from 1 to 15 years.

Collector S. S. Jawahar inaugurated the JE vaccination The vaccine is being administered at schools, noon meal centres and anganwadis to cover all children.

According to A. Palanichamy, Deputy Director of Health Services, the vaccination schedule has been extended till October 15. “The earlier deadline of September 30 has been extended taking into account quarterly examinations scheduled for next month,” the Deputy Director said.