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Periodic Intensification of Routine Immunization

In Kenya, an estimated 8 out of 10 children are fully vaccinated against 14 life threatening infectious illnesses by their 1st birthday. Routine immunization is the safest and most cost-effective way of protecting children under 2 years from life-threatening diseases, such as measles, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio.

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In Kenya, an estimated 8 out of 10 children are fully vaccinated against 14 life threatening infectious illnesses by their 1st birthday. Routine immunization is the safest and most cost-effective way of protecting children under 2 years from life-threatening diseases, such as measles, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. Prevention of infectious diseases is top on the agenda for many governments, and as far as pathways towards reducing that burden go, immunization is amongst the most effective ways of disease prevention. Kenya Red Cross Periodic intensification of Routine Immunization (PIRI) programme focuses on improving immunization indicators in three counties in Kenya: Nairobi, Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties. The aim of the program is to reduce the childhood morbidity and mortalities related to vaccine preventable diseases. The program will target 49,671 Children under the age of 2 years. The program will support the Ministry of Health at National and County levels in carrying out the PIRI exercise. It is of importance to reduce vaccination dropout rate for Penta1-Penta 3 and MR1-MR2 among children below 24 months Measles and rubella remain significant contributors to childhood morbidity and mortality in most rural and urban populations in Kenya and a cause of disease out-breaks in Kenya. According to national immunization coverage data in the year 2017 of the children between the ages of 12-23 months only 65 % have been fully immunised while 68% and only 3% have received the first and second doses of Measles-Rubella Containing Vaccine (MR1) and MR2. This is a clear indicator that Kenya is yet to meet the global goal of over 95% coverage for measles-rubella vaccination to achieve adequate population immunity.In Kenya, an estimated 8 out of 10 children are fully vaccinated against 14 life threatening infectious illnesses by their 1st birthday. Routine immunization is the safest and most cost-effective way of protecting children under 2 years from life-threatening diseases, such as measles, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. Prevention of infectious diseases is top on the agenda for many governments, and as far as pathways towards reducing that burden go, immunization is amongst the most effective ways of disease prevention. Kenya Red Cross Periodic intensification of Routine Immunization (PIRI) programme focuses on improving immunization indicators in three counties in Kenya: Nairobi, Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties. The aim of the program is to reduce the childhood morbidity and mortalities related to vaccine preventable diseases. The program will target 49,671 Children under the age of 2 years. The program will support the Ministry of Health at National and County levels in carrying out the PIRI exercise. It is of importance to reduce vaccination dropout rate for Penta1-Penta 3 and MR1-MR2 among children below 24 months Measles and rubella remain significant contributors to childhood morbidity and mortality in most rural and urban populations in Kenya and a cause of disease out-breaks in Kenya. According to national immunization coverage data in the year 2017 of the children between the ages of 12-23 months only 65 % have been fully immunised while 68% and only 3% have received the first and second doses of Measles-Rubella Containing Vaccine (MR1) and MR2. This is a clear indicator that Kenya is yet to meet the global goal of over 95% coverage for measles-rubella vaccination to achieve adequate population immunity.


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