Children between 9 months and 14 years to receive FREE Measles and Rubella Vaccine from 16th to 22nd May!

Immunization saves life. Immunization is also second to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in reducing child deaths and that is a fact.

Healthy babies plus healthy mothers equals to a healthy Nation that too is a fact.

It is also a fact that the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO and other partners will from today the 16th May 2016 to Tuesday 24th May 2016 carry out a free Measles-Rubella and Tetanus Campaigns. This massive campaign targets almost half of the Kenyan population at a tune of 2.1 Billion shillings.

Measles Rubella campaign will target children between 9 months and 14 years in all the 47 counties whereas Tetanus campaign will target women and girls of reproductive age that is between 15 and 49 years but in selected counties that are at highest risk.

Today I will focus on Measles and Rubella campaign and tomorrow, by the grace of God I will give facts about the Tetanus campaign. Remember, both Measles-Rubella and Tetanus campaigns are carried out concurrently.

 

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A child receiving Measles Vaccine- Photo courtesy of allafrica.com

When I told my friends about Measles and Rubella vaccination, one of them asked a very pertinent question: “Why measles – rubella vaccination now?” Like my friend, I know you might be asking the same question too. Statistics indicate that there is a steady increase in the number of people infected with Measles and Rubella viruses in the country. The cases are spread out throughout the country affecting both males and females. However, females are at high risk of Rubella disease and when infected could lead to bearing children with serious birth defects; thus the Measles and Rubella vaccination now!

Anyone not vaccinated against Measles and Rubella is at risk of getting the disease but young children are at highest risk of complication including death due to their weak immunity. This is the reason why the campaign targets all children aged between 9 months and 14 years.

Please note that Measles and Rubella are viral infections hence has no specific treatment available. Disease management with good nutrition and rehydration is purely supportive to prevent complications. However, measles and rubella can be prevented through vaccination. Every child should receive measles dose at 9 and 18 months through routine immunizations. Every child should also receive the free vaccine dose during this vaccination campaign irrespective of previous vaccination status.

Health workers will not go door to door to administer the vaccine. Vaccination will be provided in all public health facilities and temporary posts near you by trained, qualified and registered doctors and nurses.Community health volunteers will however mobilize people at the households and social gatherings like markets, churches, mosques etc to visit the immunization posts/ public health facilities. All teams will have identification cards and/or aprons

Mum, Dad, Guardian, Caregiver, please ensure you visit any immunization post near you for this life saving vaccine which will be given in form of an injection in the right upper arm. The vaccine is safe and effective to prevent both diseases.

#Immunization is all our responsibility
#Immunization is a basic right.
#every child counts!

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