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Campaign to get MMR jab to Iraq

24th April 2007

Millions of Iraqi children are to be given the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination in a United Nations-led campaign to prevent an outbreak of measles.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef are coordinating 8,000 volunteers in a bid to immunise up to 3.9 million children aged one to five.

If an epidemic of measles took hold in the war-torn country, around 10% of infected children could be killed, they warn.

Many children have missed out on routine jabs since US-led coalition troops invaded the country in 2003.

Unicef recently called for increased funding for its work in Iraq. It says it urgently needs an initial US$20 million - of which only 11% has been received to date.


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