Bhubaneswar, Jan 29 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today flagged off the statewide measles-Rubella vaccination drive here. Also Read - After Covid-19 & Measles, Congo Hit By New Ebola Outbreak; 'Can 2020 Get Any Worse' Asks Twitter

The vaccination drive will cover about 1.13 crore children between the ages of nine months and 15 years. Also Read - Complications That May Follow Measles

“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. Also Read - Suffering From Measles? Go Natural to Get Rid of The Disease

The state Health Department has set up vaccination camps in government and private schools, public health centres, CHCs and Anganwadis. The first phase vaccination programme will continue till March 26, 2018.

Jena said the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine is being introduced in the state for the first time in the immunisation programme. After the vaccination campaign, MR vaccine will replace Measles vaccine in the routine immunisation programme.

During the initial two weeks of the campaign, the vaccination will be done in all the schools, both government and private, next two weeks, vaccination will be done at the community level and last week will be devoted for mop up activities in low coverage areas, both in schools and community.

Meanwhile, a report from Puri said that at least five school children were taken ill after taking the MR vaccines at Biraharekrushnapur under Sadar Block of the district. They have been admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital.

According to reports, five students of St Xavier School fell sick after taking the Measles-Rubella Vaccine.

However, the school authorities rushed them to the hospital after they vomited and complained of giddiness.

Their condition is stated to be stable, officials said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.