Twin Districts Dakshina Kannada & Udupi Show Good Response to JE Vaccination For Children

Twin Districts Dakshina Kannada & Udupi Show Good Response to JE Vaccination For Children

More than 78,000 students were administered vaccine against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) on the first day of the three-week-long vaccination drive in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on December 5, Monday. The three-week-long vaccination drive has been taken up for those aged between 1 to  15. The drive is also being held simultaneously in Hassan, Tumakuru, Haveri, Gadag, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Bagalkot, and Ramanagaram.

A total of 47,011 students were vaccinated in Dakshina Kannada on Monday. Of this, 26,437 were in the 10-15 age category, 17,712 in the 5-10 age category and 2,862 in 1-5 age category. Highest of 21,533 children were covered in Mangalore taluk, 7,456 in Bantwal, 6,877 in Belthangady, 6,233 in Puttur, and 4,912 in Sullia taluks. Dakshina Kannada district administration has set a target of vaccinating 4.73 lakh children.

Dakshina Kannada District Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Officer B.V. Rajesh said there is a need for children to get vaccinated against JE as there are good number of culex mosquitoes in the district, which carries JE. This is a old and safe vaccine, which will not cause any complications among children,” Dr. Rajesh said and added that children would come forward for vaccination in the next few days.

A total of 31,343 students were vaccinated in Udupi district on Monday. Of this, 13,579 were from Udupi taluk, 11,125 from Kundapura taluk, and 6,639 children from Karkala taluk. The Udupi district administration has set a target of vaccinating 2.18 lakh children. More than 50 parents called the helpline (9449843213) on Sunday and Monday to clarify the vaccine.

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