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Indian paediatricians ask government to add mumps vaccine to immunisation programme

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3662 (Published 06 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3662
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. 1New Delhi

The Indian Academy of Paediatrics has asked India’s health ministry to add the mumps vaccine to the free childhood immunisation programme, saying that this viral infection is a serious public health concern.

In a position paper the academy asked the health ministry to add the mumps vaccine to those of measles and rubella, citing the government’s own disease surveillance data and 14 peer reviewed publications as evidence for the widespread prevalence of mumps.1

The health ministry’s integrated disease surveillance programme investigated 72 outbreaks of mumps over a five year period, from September 2009 to November 2014, with a total of …

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