Nearly 100 million children to be vaccinated against measles in China

Nearly 100 million children across China will be vaccinated against measles from 11-20 September in one of the world's biggest such public health undertakings to date. The nationwide campaign will protect millions of children against the disease and bring China closer to reaching the measles elimination goal by 2012 in line with the target set by the World Health Organization's Western Pacific region.

"China is a priority country in the global fight against measles and we commend the government for its leadership in this life-saving work," said Dr Michael O'Leary, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in China.

In 2009, more than 52,000 people in China were reported to have contracted measles, accounting for about 86 per cent of the measles cases in WHO's Western Pacific region.

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