Measles supplementary immunization 17-28 February 2019 – WHO Myanmar factsheet special

Measles supplementary immunization campaign in 7 townships of Yangon Region — to prevent spread of measles

duration from 17 to 28 February 2019

target age: from 9 months up to 15 years of age

townships: Hlaingtharyar, Insein, Mingaladon, Dagon East, Dagon Seikkan, Dagon South, Shwepyithar

Why measles matter?

Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a paramyxovirus. Symptoms of measles are:

high fever

cough, runny nose, red eyes

rash of tiny, red spots covering the body


ear infection.

Measles can lead to serious complications, including:


severe diarrhoea

severe respiratory infections, pneumonia

brain damage


Global measles outbreaks

Many countries around the world are facing measles outbreaks recently due to inadequate vaccination coverage.

This is why WHO is advising countries to attain universal coverage of measles vaccination — at least 95%.

Globally, 230,000 measles cases were reported in 2018 — compared to 154,000 in 2017.

Measles outbreaks in Myanmar

In 2017 and 2018, Myanmar reported 1,293 and 1,330 measles cases, respectively. About 75% of these cases were under 15 years of age.

In 2019, currently, several townships in Yangon Region, and in other parts of Myanmar, observed measles cases — this is why the health authorities, and partners, are implementing a supplementary immunization campaign.

Source: World Health Organization