SOUTH AFRICA’S WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE VACCINATING CHILDREN AGAINST MEASLES

CAPE TOWN, The Health Department of South Africa’s Western Cape Province has launched a campaihn to vaccinate children against measles following an outbreak of the disease.

Health Department spokesperson Jo-Anne Otto says 78 per cent of children aged five years and below have so far been vaccinated against measles at Stellenbosch and Drakenstein, west of here following nine recently confirmed cases in three schools in the areas.

Otto says 80 per cent of children aged between six months and five years needed to be vaccinated to create immunity.

“The first thing we had to do was to vaccinate the children in those three schools. Within 12 days, we vaccinated 15,500 children and we continue vaccinating all children below five years old, except for the Paarl area and Stellenbosch where we are also vaccinating children in primary schools.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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