Union Health Ministry Introduces Rubella Vaccine in Its Universal Immunization Programme (Download PDF)


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The Union Health Ministry announced that it is introducing Rubella vaccine as Measles-Rubella vaccine in its Universal Immunization Programme (UIP). The Measles-Rubella Campaign aims at rapidly building up immunity for both measles and rubella.

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About Rubella

  • The disease can spread through direct contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person, or through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing.
  • Symptoms often appear two to three weeks after exposure and also include mild fever and headache.
  • Rubella has been declared eliminated in the US. Parents are cautioned to vaccinate children with the MMR vaccine to prevent its re-emergence.
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About Universal Immunization Programme

  • It is a vaccination program launched by the Government of India in 1985.
  • It became a part of Child Survival and Safe Motherhood Programme in 1992.
  • It is currently one of the key areas under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) since 2005.
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Components Universal Immunization Program

components Universal Immunization Program

Diseases Protected by Vaccination under UIP

  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Tuberculosis
  • Measles
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese Encephalitis ( commonly known as brain fever)
  • Meningitis and Pneumonia caused by Haemophilus Influenzae type b

Vaccines under UIP

  • BCG (Bacillus Calmette Guerin)
  • DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus Toxoid)
  • OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine)
  • Measles
  • Hepatitis B
  • TT (Tetanus Toxoid)
  • JE vaccination (in selected high disease burden districts)
  • Hib containing Pentavalent vaccine (DPT+HepB+Hib) (In selected States)

- Published/Last Modified on: January 11, 2017


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