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Year : 1984  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 159-62

A few observations on measles immunisation programme.

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177 children ranging in age from 9-23 months were included in this study designed to obtain information on the feasibility of the immunization program against measles in the Singur Block of Hooghly district, about 34 miles from Calcutta, India. 111 children were administered the measles vaccine; 66 children served as the control group. Special care was taken to exclude children who had illness suggestive of a previous attack of measles. Children who had received any other vaccine in the previous month also were excluded. Each child was checked within 7 days of the vaccination to record untoward reactions. Home visits were done monthly. The period of follow-up was extended for 2 years. 57% of the children were males. Of the 111 children in the study group, 8 children developed measles subsequently. During the follow-up period, 25 children in the control group had measles. The proportion of children suffering from measles was 37.9% for the control group and 7.2% for the vaccinated group. 93 (83.8%) of the vaccinated children did not present any untoward reaction to the vaccination. There were complications in 18 children: 1 child developed measles; 1 child had broncho-pneumonia; 4 children suffered from diarrhea; and 12 children had a fever. Episodes of different illnesses occurring during the entire period of follow-up consisted of 80 attacks of diarrhea, 34 attacks of fever, and 1 case of chicken pox for the vaccinated group. The corresponding figures for the control group were 149 episodes of diarrhea and 50 attacks of fever.

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