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Measles Vaccination Campaign begins in the Western and Eastern Divisions

Measles Vaccination Campaign begins in the Western and Eastern Divisions

By Rashika Kumar
Friday 13/12/2019
Measles vaccination program kicks off in Sigatoka. [Image: Ministry of Health and Medical Services]

The Measles Vaccination Campaign has begun in the Western and Eastern Divisions this morning as thousands of people have been lining up at various hospitals, health centres and nursing stations to get their vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health teams are also going in settlements to immunise people in the target groups.

Vaccination booths will be open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday in all locations in the West. 

About 200,000 people have been immunised against measles since the outbreak was declared.

The number of confirmed measles cases remain 19 in Fiji.

The vaccination campaign in the North will begin next Monday.

The national campaign will continue to target people who are most at risk of being infected by measles and spreading the disease.

The Ministry adds that pregnant women, babies under the age of 6 months, those with a compromised immune system and those with a known allergy to the vaccine should not be vaccinated.

The ministry says people aged 40 and over will not be vaccinated as they are likely to have had measles as a child and therefore have life-long immunity.

The campaign will continue in the Central Division.

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