MR Vaccination Drive at SMCS
Measles and Rubella are highly contagious viral diseases that are spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Measles weakens the immune system of the body. Hence infection with Measles often leads to serious complications that include blindness, encephalitis, severe diarrhoea and severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia. Most measles-related deaths are caused by complications associated with the disease.
One-third of all measles-related deaths worldwide occur in India.
Rubella is a mild viral infection that occurs most often in children and young adults. Rubella infection during pregnancy can cause abortion, stillbirth and may lead to multiple birth defects in the new born; like blindness, deafness, heart defects; known as Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS).
India accounts for around one third of all children born worldwide with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).
This can be prevented by vaccinating the children with measles-rubella (MR) vaccine. Measles immunization will help directly in reducing deaths of children aged below five years. The rubella vaccine will prevent CRS, thereby reducing disabilities. Since 60%-65% of the children in this age group are school going, the vaccination is carried out in the educational institutes.
The vaccination drive was carried out in St. Mary Champion H. S. School on 21st February 2019 in which hundreds of students were given the vaccine. The drive is a part of the nationwide campaign to eliminate measles and rubella by 2020. The parents of the students were also made a part of this drive and the vaccination was done in front of them. The numbers of participating parents is a testimony in itself of the success of this programme.
More schools are coming forward and doing an excellent job of creating awareness among parents about the vaccination. Over 10 crore children have already been vaccinated with MR vaccine in the country.