February 23, 2006

Bangladesh to host biggest measles vaccination

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh will inoculate some 33.5
million children in the biggest measles vaccination campaign in
history, officials said on Thursday.

The three-week campaign, organized along with the United
Nations Children's Fund, will help curb a disease that kills
about 20,000 children in impoverished Bangladesh every year.

"It will be world's biggest measles vaccination campaign,"
said an UNICEF communication official.

Children aged between 9 months and 10 years will be
vaccinated during the campaign that will being on Saturday and
cover 62 of the country's 64 administrative districts.

"Measles vaccine is only 85 percent efficacious when given
at 9 months of age, leaving approximately 40 percent of
children in each birth cohort susceptible to measles," a UNICEF
statement said.