Measles vaccination campaign kicks off in Twic

A measles vaccination campaign targeting more than 60,000 children has commenced in Twic County, Warrap State.

Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. The exercise is to raise awareness about the risks associated with measles and the importance of prevention through vaccination.

The county Expansion Program for Immunization Supervisor, Akok Mourwel, said they are targeting children between the ages of 6 months up to 59 months.

He explained the measles vaccination exercise shall be carried out within one week across the six payams in the county.

The measles vaccination exercise was to start in April, but the authorities postponed it to May due to lack of freezing ice.

According to WHO, measles is spread by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, or direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions. The first sign of disease is usually a high fever, which begins about 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus and lasts 4 to 7 days.