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First dose of measles vaccination covered 88 pc children in 2016-17

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New Delhi | Sunday, Jan 14 2018 IST
Around 2.35 crore, which is 88 per cent of targeted children, were vaccinated with first dose of measles in 2016-17, according to Health Management Information System data.As per the concurrent monitoring data for 2016-17, the major reasons for children missing the vaccines are fear of Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI), misinformation, that the vaccine causes impotency, lack of awareness, child travelling on day of vaccination and operational gaps among others, said sources in the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.The government has set up National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, an independent body comprising eminent public health mechanisms namely Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, hospital based surveillance of diseases by Central Bureau Of Health Intelligence, Acute Flaccid Paralysis Surveillance, Measles-Rubella Surveillance and laboratory supported Vaccine Preventable Diseases Surveillance.The government is providing regular vaccination to children and pregnant women under Universal Immusiation Programme wherein vaccines are provided free of cost against eight diseases nationally and another four sub-nationally.Intensified drives of Mission Indradhanush and Intensified Mission Indradhanush have also be carried out to strengthen the Routine Immunisation and to increase full immunisation coverage in pockets of low immunisation coverage across the country.The Centre has set up 25 permanent research institutes under Indian Council of Medical Research and 86 Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories across the country including Bihar for research on diseases and their control measures.UNI RSA SV 1030

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