Nod for second round of measles vaccination

Staff Reporter

Single dose has proved inadequate

Tamil Nadu is first to launch second round

Official reviews health schemes

MADURAI: The Union Health Ministry has given its nod to a State Government proposal to launch the second dose of measles vaccination for all children in the age group of 18-24 months.

The move has become necessary as cases were reported even after the administration of a single dose for children of nine months.

Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine P. Padmanaban told The Hindu here on Friday that the Technical Advisory Committee on Immunisation in the Health Ministry met in New Delhi and gave its consent for the additional round of measles vaccination.

“We found cases where children of five years too were getting measles. Normally, it should not occur and so the Government has approached the Central Government, seeking its support for undertaking an additional dose of vaccination,” Dr. Padmanaban said. He was in the city to review the implementation of public health schemes in the district and inspect the primary health centres. He said Tamil Nadu would be the first State to undertake a second round of measles vaccination. The Health Department was also in the process of launching Rubella vaccination for adolescent girls and for hepatitis, on which the Centre would take a final decision shortly.

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