Kenya inaugurates measles, rubella vaccination campaign




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’s , on Wednesday, launched a 10-day measles and rubella vaccination 22 high-risk counties.

exercise is aimed at reducing spike of unvaccinated children.

Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary said that would run from June 26 to July 5, targeting to reach about 3.5 million children below five years.

A risk assessment, conducted in the country with the support of the World Health , identified 22 counties as being at very high risk for measles outbreaks.

Rudi Eggers, WHO representative in , said that in spite of the good made so far, has continued to experience measles outbreaks since the last measles-rubella vaccination in 2016.

Measles is a common cause of among children from -preventable diseases.

Rubella, like measles, is a highly infectious viral disease that can cause serious health complications to newborns such as birth defects, heart problems, loss of hearing and eyesight as well as brain damage.

(Xinhua/NAN)