Measles-Rubella (MR) Campaign Reaches 2<Sup>nd</Sup> Phase (Download PDF)

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India and 10 other WHO South East Asia Region countries resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020. Costs of Indian immunization program are shown above.

Measles-Rubella Campaign Reaches 2NdPhase
  • Ministry of Health & Family Welfare initiated measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in age group 9 months to less than 15 years
  • Cover approximately 41 crore children- largest ever vaccination campaign worldwide.
  • Children given a single shot of Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination during the campaign.
  • MR vaccine will then become part of routine immunization replacing measles vaccine, currently given at 9 - 12 months and 16 - 24 months of age of child.

First Phase of Measles-Rubella Vaccination

  • The first phase of measles-rubella vaccination campaign successfully completed in five states- Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.
  • 3.3 crore children vaccinated, reaching 97 % of the intended age group.
  • Campaign carried out in schools, community centers, and health facilities

Second Phase of Measles-Rubella Vaccination

The second phase started in 8 states and UTs- Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana and Uttarakhand from August 2017 covering 3.4 crore children.


  • Rapidly build up immunity for both measles and rubella
  • To achieve maximum coverage multiple stakeholders were involved- Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, other Ministries, development partners, Lions clubs, professional bodies (like Indian Association of Pediatrics, Indian Medical Association, and Civil Society Organizations)
  • Part of global efforts to reduce illness and deaths due to measles and rubella
  • Measles immunization directly contributes to the reduction of under-five child mortality
  • Additionally, rubella vaccine will control rubella and prevent CRS.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 1, 2017

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