22.8M children immunized against measles
Anti-measles vaccination national campaign kicks off Oct. 31, in health unit in Imbaba, Giza- Deena Romia/YOUM7

CAIRO: More than 22.8 million children have been immunized against measles since Oct. 31 in a vaccination campaign nationwide, according to a Wednesday statement by the Health Ministry.

The campaign is ongoing until Nov. 21 with a target of inoculating 24 million children from the age of nine months to ten years from measles and Rubella (also known as German measles.)

The process costs 165 million EGP with 82,000 medical personnel, the statement said, adding that the vaccination is free of charge.

Measles is among the most contagious viral diseases; during 2014 Egypt witnessed some 1,740 cases with at least six deaths. But since January 2015, some 5,000 children have been infected, according to Youm7.

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