Is India doing enough to eradicate Measles by 2020?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As per estimates from WHO, at least 93% to 95% of the population should be vaccinated for an immunization program to be successful. Only then can the population form a “herd immunity.” Till now, India has not been able to achieve this level of coverage under Universal Immunization Program (UIP), which was launched in 1985. Now, India, along with 10 other WHO South-East Asian countries, has planned to eradicate Measles and control Rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020. As a first step, India has launched a nation-wide Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine campaign in February this year. The drive aims to cover 41 crore children.