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Behind the Scenes of PPI, Pulse Polio Immunization Programme – Part 1

Being the Medical Officer at a primary health centre (PHC) implementation of national level health programmes is not just a part of my job, it is something much more than that. In this article, I’d like to give you my perspective of such a national programme, the very famous pulse polio immunization. If you’re keen … Read moreBehind the Scenes of PPI, Pulse Polio Immunization Programme – Part 1

Children of Kannur are now protected from Measles & Rubella, Thanks to the District Collector

MR Vaccine

The northern districts of Kerala, is popularly known as the “Malabar” and comprises of Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode and Malappuram. It’s well known for the spicy biriyanis and other delicacies. Malabar is also the part of Kerala where Muslim religion has many followers and it was no surprise as these districts stood last in the list … Read moreChildren of Kannur are now protected from Measles & Rubella, Thanks to the District Collector

Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign – Weeks 2 to 4

The MR Vaccine – Old Wine in New BottleMeasles Rubella vaccination campaign kickstarted in Kerala on the third of October, 2017. Thoughts on the first week of the campaign in a small village of Kannur district was published earlier and you can find that article here. This article is a sequel to that post and … Read moreMeasles Rubella Vaccination Campaign – Weeks 2 to 4

Timeline of an Immunization Day

Did you know that we celebrate “World Immunization Day” on the tenth of November every year? We at BeingTheDoctor have covered a number of articles on vaccines, their schedule and special programmes to promote immunization. You can find those informative articles here. In this post, I’ll tell you the activities that goes behind the scene … Read moreTimeline of an Immunization Day

Thoughts on the MR vaccination campaign – Week 1

As you all might be aware, the Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign kickstarted in Kerala on October 3, 2017. It’s a huge programme, probably the first one of it’s kind in India covering every child in the age group of 9 months to 15 years. One shot of the MR vaccine is given irrespective of … Read moreThoughts on the MR vaccination campaign – Week 1

MR Vaccine – Old Wine in New Bottle

MR vaccine campaign

After mitral regurgitation, mental retardation and medical reimbursement, there’s a new kid in the block for the MR family of medicine and it’s the Measles – Rubella vaccine. By July 31 of 2017, there’s going to be a massive change in the current routine vaccination schedule in Kerala. The measles only vaccine given at 9 … Read moreMR Vaccine – Old Wine in New Bottle

Does the Vaccines really Contain Harmful Mercury?

mercury, thiomersal, vaccine

In the past few years, I had to face many persons questioning the safety of vaccines. The vast majority of them are concerned about the mercury content in vaccines. Why use Thiomersal in vaccines? Isn’t it a mercury containing harmful compound? Then why are the vaccines containing mercury being given to small children and adults … Read moreDoes the Vaccines really Contain Harmful Mercury?