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Weak immunisation of measles vaccine due to superstitions
Shillong | Tuesday, Oct 25 2011 IST
 
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Superstitions are rife among people in remote villages of Meghalaya who are reluctant to immunise their children for measles. A little over 38 per cent of children have been immunised under the Measles Catch Up Campaign in all six districts of the state. According to doctors taking part in the campaign, many people believe that measles is harmless or even divine, being a visit from God . It is for this reason that the response to the immunisation drive has been weak in the state. There were also rumours in some remote villages that the vaccine would increase the devils number by 666 and would appear on the body of the children, if the same was administered, sources said. The campaign is being carried out to provide children with an additional dose of measles vaccine irrespective of previous vaccination to boost their against measles. The expected target was 666366 kids, but as on October 20, the number of children immunised for measles was only 258019, sources said. UNI RRK PL RJ 1642

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