24 May 2014

Mass vaccination campaign rolls out in Solomons

5:15 am on 24 May 2014

About 24,000 children in parts of Solomon Islands hit by flash floods are being vaccinated in a bid to prevent disease outbreaks.

The campaign, led by the local health officials in partnership with Unicef and the World Health Organisation, aims to immunise at least 95 percent of all children under five in the capital Honiara and Guadalcanal province.

Health workers will be visit communities and centres for flood victims to vaccinate against measles, rubella and polio.

They will also give children vitamin A and worming pills.