Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Measles Vaccination in Nigeria

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Measles Vaccination in Nigeria

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A measles vaccination campaign was launched last month in north eastern Nigeria to protect more than four million children against the highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease.

Children between the ages of six months and 10 years were vaccinated in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, Nigerian states where the health services have been disrupted for more than four years because of the conflict in Borno.

The campaign overcame major logistical challenges of insecurity, difficult terrain, poorly functioning health facilities and the need for cold chain conditions.

The humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Borno State has resulted in more than 1.4 million displaced people in more than 100 camps.

"Many of the children targeted for measles vaccination have severe malnutrition, making them extremely vulnerable to serious complications and death from measles," says Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Nigeria.

The measles campaign was planned using population data gathered by Nigeria's polio vaccination programme and with help from its staff who have immunization experience across the country. …

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