All IMA members should Support MR Campaign Dr KK Aggarwal National President IMA & HCFI India, along with other WHO-SEAR countries, in September 2013, resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome by 2020. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has introduced Rubella vaccine in its Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) as Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine. The MR vaccination campaign is scheduled from February 7 to February 24 and will cover the city schools in its first week. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Puducherry and Lakshadweep are places where the vaccine will be introduced. MR vaccine is a single injection and administered by trained professionals. The vaccinations will be free of cost and will target children in the age group of 9 months to 15 years. It is a single injection combined and administered in two doses: one, for children between 9 to 12 months and the second for children between 16 months and 24 months. Unlike the polio drops campaign, every child between the age of 9 months and 15 years needs to reach the booth for the vaccination. The campaign aims to rapidly build up immunity against measles and rubella, and also provides a second opportunity for vaccination against measles for children left out in routine immunization. It will be coordinated by the state health and family welfare department along with other bodies. What you can do to support the campaign • Sensitize patients and their relatives. • Use IMA PvPI number – 9717776514 – to report adverse events. • You can make your clinic a part of the vaccination center.