Measles and rubella vaccination underway in Otjozondjupa

11 Jul 2016 14:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 11 JUL (NAMPA) – The measles and rubella mass vaccination campaign started in the Otjozondjupa Region on Monday.
The countrywide exercise targeting everyone between nine months and 39 years is taking place from Monday until 22 July.
Otjozondjupa Regional Health Director, Maria Kavezembi told Nampa in an interview on Monday measles and rubella are easily spread through the air or through contact with an infected person.
“The good news is that these diseases are preventable through a vaccination dose, and in Namibia we tend to hold the vaccinations annually,” Kavezembi said.
Kavezembi warned that pregnant women should not get the vaccine.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Health Director urged all parents in the region to take their children to the nearest clinic, health centre or to be on the lookout for mobile vaccination health workers at their farms and settlements.
She also urged people not to wait until the last day of the campaign, but to visit the marked vaccination centres on time.
Rubella is also called German measles, while rubeola is regular measles.
The biggest difference between the two is that rubella is considered to be a milder virus that only lasts around three days. Rubeola can become a serious illness that lasts several days and can cause other serious and permanent complications.