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Vaccination drive

Jorhat, Feb. 3: The state government will carry out a vaccination drive against Japanese encephalitis in nine districts of Assam from February 10 to 21. Everyone between the ages of 15 and 70 years can get themselves vaccinated for free, S.C. Das, joint director, health, said today.

In Jorhat district, 2,400 centres will be set up in schools and at primary health centres and the aim is to vaccinate 5,98,400 people with the SA-14-14-2 vaccine imported from China.

Das said a team would be kept on stand-by in case people feel unwell after being vaccinated. He said the vaccine was 100 per cent safe for adults but rashes, fever or giddiness could not be ruled out.

Those suffering from heart, liver and kidney diseases and pregnant women should not take the vaccine.