Five million to be vaccinated
The Ministry of Public Health has launched a campaign to vaccinate everyone between the ages of 7 and 39 against German measles (rubella). According to Listin Diario, 5,100,000 people are in that demographic in the DR. The campaign begins today and will run through 2 December. About 40,000 health workers are taking part, and the goal is to eradicate the disease by the year 2010.The vaccines are free to all who request them. German measles is the cause of thousands of birth defects in the Dominican Republic each year, including deafness, blindness and heart problems as a result of mothers contracting the disease during pregnancy.