KARAK -Six schoolchildren were hospitalised after they were administered anti-measles ‘vaccine’ Thursday.According to sources in Karak District Headquarters Hospital, children fell unconscious after an official team administered measles' dots to them. On May 19, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government launched a two-week campaign to vaccinate 9.6 million children against measles in the province. Reportedly May 25, sixty schoolchildren were hospitalised after being administered measles vaccine by officials in Swat where expired measles vaccine claimed three lives in July 2012.On Wednesday, three children died in a Peshawar hospital, where they were brought after being administered vaccine. The dead were named as two-year-old Mazhar from Shabqadar, two-year-old Hilal and two-year-old Rida from Mandrakhel. Feeling concerns for their children, parents have been resisting government’s vaccination campaigns in KP, where polio has been on the prowl.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 30-May-2014