"...my mom, she was misinformed and misled by sources that convinced her that if she was a loving parent, she wouldn't vaccinate...My mom got a lot of her beliefs from social media, from Facebook and from organizations that were allowing their platforms to push lies that were very dangerous."
"Since 2010, we have witnessed in India severe outbreaks of influenza. The latest was in northern India, in Delhi, Kashmir and a couple of other areas, in the beginning of the year. Almost every year over the past four years in India, we have had outbreaks of flu."
Immunisation during pregnancy is an effective way to protect the mother and child from certain preventable infections. During pregnancy, there are immunological changes which makes the expecting mother more susceptible to certain infectious diseases, which increases the risk of more serious outcomes.
The campaign will be implemented through a partnership between the health and education departments and is to be administered in all Delhi schools, following which a community outreach campaign is to be undertaken.
According to State Immunisation Officer Dr Santosh Shukla, 24,218 field workers and 10,050 supervisors are engaged in the campaign that involves several challenges like migration by the potential beneficiaries, tendency to avoid vaccines and access to difficult terrains.
"The state had initiated preparations for this campaign from May and Himachal Pradesh was among the eight states where the programme will be launched in the second phase," he said at a media workshop at Shimla.