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Fiji rolls out second phase of measles vaccination
11:13 pm GMT+12, 05/12/2019, Fiji

Fiji has rolled out its second phase of mass immunisation campaign, beginning Wednesday this week.

 The Head of Health Protection for the Ministry of Health, Dr Aalisha Sahukhan said approximately 130,000 Fijians were vaccinate during phase one of the immunisation campaign.

 “Now we’re moving onto phase two which is to cover populations who did not get vaccinated in the first phase and have been identified as most at risk of getting measles as well as spreading it,” Dr Sahukhan said.

 In the Central Division only, the campaign will target all children aged six months to 5 years. This includes all people born between 1980 and 2000 (19 to 39 year olds), as well as all residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older.

 “Apart from the immunisation, we’re advising people that in order to avoid catching and spreading measles, they should avoid mass gatherings at this time especially in the Central Division,” she said.

 “For the rest of Fiji, we’re asking to avoid gatherings that involve people who come from different parts of the country as well as from overseas.”

 since the last update on 02 December, there are now 16 confirmed cases of measles. The latest confirmed case is a 24 year old from Sakoca in Tacirua, Suva. The Suva Sub-divisional Outbreak Response Team has rapidly responded to this latest case.

SOURCE: PACNEWS


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