Nearly 48,000 children under 15 years old in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai are expected to receive vaccinations against measles during immunisation campaigns from February 20-28.

The children are from 218 villages and communes in districts of Van Chan, Van Yen, Yen Binh, Tran Yen and Luc Yen, where the ratio of measles vaccination was low.

This year, Yen Bai province aims to have 98 percent of children fully vaccinated against measles.

The locality has so far this year seen 350 measles cases, including one death due to poor awareness of the danger of the disease, especially among parents from ethnic minority groups.

The provincial People’s Committee has asked localities to increase communication activities among parents about the benefits of vaccination while reviewing the immunisation against the disease in all communes to prevent it from outbreaking.

Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune system have been weaken by diseases, it said.

In 2013, the country saw 1,048 measles cases, mostly in children under the age of 10 (75.9 percent).-VNA