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The Health Ministry dismisses as false reports claiming that 11 lakh Indian children did not get the measles vaccination


<p>The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday that media reports suggesting that 11 lakh children in India missed their first dose of the measles vaccination in 2022 are “ill-informed and inaccurate.”<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-283159″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-11-18t160604.178.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com download 2023 11 18t160604.178″ width=”1245″ height=”697″ title=”The Health Ministry dismisses as false reports claiming that 11 lakh Indian children did not get the measles vaccination 6″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-11-18t160604.178.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-11-18t160604.178-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1245px) 100vw, 1245px” /></p>
<p>Reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim that over 11 lakh children in India did not get their first dose of the measles vaccination in 2022.</p>
<p>These stories don’t accurately depict the situation and aren’t grounded in reality. The WHO UNICEF Estimates National Immunization Coverage (WUENIC) 2022 report, which covers the period from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, is the source of the estimated numbers used in these studies.</p>
<p>“However, as per the HMIS (Health Management Information System) of the Union Ministry of Health, a total of 2,63,63,270 children out of the eligible 2,63,84,580 children received their 1st dose of Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) in the FY 2022-23 (April 2022 to March 2023) and only 21,310 children missed their 1st dose of Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) in 2022-23,” the ministry stated in a statement.</p>
<p>In addition, the government has launched a number of programs in partnership with the states to guarantee that all children, immunized or not, get all missing or overdue doses of MCV.</p>
<p>Within the periodic immunization intensification operations, the age at which the catch-up vaccine for MCV administration is administered has been raised from two years to five years.</p>
<p>In 2021 and 2022, all unvaccinated or partly vaccinated children with missing or overdue vaccination doses were to be immunized as part of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 and 4.0. In addition, IMI 5.0 was implemented in 2023 with a specific goal of increasing the MR vaccination coverage in kids under five.</p>
<p>All children between the ages of nine months and fifteen years (or nine months to five years in Delhi) received the MR campaign dosage of vaccination during this time. The MR campaign was conducted in West Bengal and Delhi.</p>
<p>Thirty million children have received an extra dose of the MR vaccine as a result of the epidemic response immunization and supplemental immunization programs implemented by some states.</p>


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