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1 million Nigerian children to receive measles vaccination

English.news.cn   2013-11-05 18:49:20            

LAGOS, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- About 1.2 million children will be vaccinated against measles in a preventive program initiated by Anambra state in southeast Nigeria.

Children between the ages of 9 and 59 months in 17 local government areas of the country would be vaccinated under the integrated measles campaign, Chukwudi Okoye, state director of Primary Health Care and Diseases Control, said Tuesday in Awka, the state capital.

The health official told reporters children within the age range would also receive antigens, such as oral polio vaccines.

The immunization would be conducted in all public health facilities and temporary fixed posts, including churches, markets and village squares, Okoye said.

Measles was one of the six killer diseases that spread widely through a virus during hot weather, he said, adding children in the targeted age range who had not been immunized were at high risk.

Measles, a highly infectious viral illness, can lead to serious complications, including blindness and even death in children.

Nigeria conducted an immunization exercise less than seven years ago with subsequent programs held in 2008 and 2011.

As of September, the West African country had recorded 53,842 cases of measles, of which 330 died, marking a sharp rise from a year ago, when there were 104 deaths from 8,243 reported cases.

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