India gets new Measles Rubella vaccine
India’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) on Sunday received a new addition —the Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination. The vaccine protects against two deadly diseases—measles and rubella, only preventable through vaccination. The vaccine will replace the current two doses of measles vaccines given at 9-12 months and 16-24 months of age, and will offer dual protection, against measles and rubella.

The first phase of Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign will begin in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Lakshadweep, covering nearly 3.6 crore target children. As part of a nationwide campaign, the health ministry will reach out to and cover 41 crore children, the largest ever in any campaign.

Globally in 2015, measles killed an estimated 1,34,200 children mostly under five years of age. In India, it killed an estimated 49,200 children.
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