"About one crore and 13 lakh children will be vaccinated in this Measles-Rubella vaccination programme across the state", Health and Family Welfare minister Pratap Jena told reporters.
The programme will cover around 1.13 crore children across the state in the next two months.
"Measles is a highly contagious vaccine preventable respiratory disease caused by measles virus; measles affects mostly children under the age of five years and it can lead to death".
She said that the vaccination would cover children between the ages of nine months and five years in the council area, adding that the virus could be prevented with the help of vaccine. After the vaccination campaign MR vaccine will replace Measles vaccine in the routine immunization programme.During the initial two weeks of the campaign, vaccination will be done in all schools including the private schools and at the community level in the next two weeks.
Measles is a viral infection that can be fatal, while congenital Rubella syndrome is responsible for irreversible birth defects.
Naveen said: "With the co-operation from the public at large, the vaccination programme can be successful". Following the campaign, MR vaccine will become a part of routine immunization and will replace measles vaccine, now given at 9-12 months and 16-24 months of age of child. "This time also, we will be able to do it".
During the two-month long campaign almost 1.13 crore children in the age of nine months to 15 years will be administered the vaccine in the state. "An additional fund of Rs 5 crore has been sanctioned from the state budget for the goal", said an official.