Nearly 200,000 children from 1-14 years old in the northern province of Ha Nam will be vaccinated against measles-rubella as part of the 2014-2015 vaccination scheme announced by the provincial Health Department on July 28.

The medical and education sectors will work together to count the number of target children, while the preventive health centre has been urged to ensure sufficient quality vaccines.

At the same time, medical staff will be fully equipped with medicine and necessary means to promptly deal with possible post-vaccination incidents.

Ha Nam sees hundreds of cases of rubella-caused scarlet fever annually, with its peak of 2,400 cases in 2011. In January-June, the province reported 331 measles patients, the highest level since 1997.-VNA