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Measles Cases Have Gone Up in a Week and the BMC is Pushing for an Extra Dose

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Due to the high number of people with the virus in the state and city, the government decided on November 25 to give extra doses to stop the disease from spreading further. BMC has found that 1,55,131 children in the first age group and 3,569 children in the second age group are eligible.

Mumbai In just one week, the number of measles cases went from 29 in 12 civic wards to 46 in 16 wards. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also increased the number of children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years and 6 months and 9 months who get the special MR vaccine. This is because the disease is spreading.

“The wards were A, E, FN, GN, GS, HE, KE, PN, L, ME, MW, and S a week ago. “We now have RS, KW, N, and D wards in addition to these wards,” said a BMC health official.

In addition to the shots recommended by the universal immunization program, the state started a special drive on December 1 to give measles vaccines to children in vulnerable areas.

The schedule says that the first dose of the vaccine is given to children between 9 and 12 months of age, and the second dose is given between 16 and 24 months of age. But because of how common the virus was in the state and city, the government decided on November 25 to give the extra doses to stop the disease from spreading even more.

So, all children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years who live in the areas where measles are spreading will get an extra dose, even if they are already vaccinated. Also, the vaccine will be given to children between 6 and 9 months old to protect them from highly contagious infections.

In Mumbai, 1,55,131 children in the first age group and 3,569 children in the second age group have been found to be eligible. Health officials from the BMC said that because there are more outbreaks in other areas and wards, vulnerable children are also being targeted.

The official said, “We now have 188013 eligible people from the first group and 3569 from the second group.” The MR vaccine has been given to 7598 children as part of the special drive, which began on December 1.

According to the state surveillance officer, the state has a stock of 13.53 lakh doses, which is enough to carry out the drive at the corporation, district, and division levels.

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