Measles vaccine for children again.


Health Secretary Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that a program is being implemented to give a dose of measles vaccine to infants in 09 districts where measles cases are reported the most. In 2019, Sri Lanka was certified by the World Health Organization as a country that has eradicated measles. It was received only by 03 countries in the region. One of them is Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has the strongest and most comprehensive immunization program in the world. Measles cases were recently reported from Sri Lanka. More cases are reported especially in several districts. Those districts are Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Kandy, Jaffna, Kurunegala and Kalmunai. A special program was prepared in consultation with the World Health Organization’s South Asian Regional Office and expert opinions. To give a measles dose to infants between 06 and 09 months. This program will be implemented only in 09 districts where most measles cases are reported.

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