Union govt launches 'Mission Indradhanush' for children vaccination

The mission aims to cover all those children who are either unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases

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New Delhi, 26 December 2014: Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched Mission Indradhanush to achieve full immunization coverage for all children by 2020.

The mission Indradhanush aims to cover all those children who are either unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases including diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B.

Under this program, four special vaccination campaigns will be conducted between January and June 2015. 201 high focus districts that have nearly 50 percent of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children. 297 districts will be targeted for the second phase in the year 2015

Out of the 201 districts, 82 districts are in just four states of UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and nearly 25 percent of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children of India are in these 82 districts of 4 states.

The ministry will be supported by WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and other donor partners.

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