Bolivia holds rubella and measles campaign

The Health Expanded Program on Immunization in Bolivia immunized approximately 200,000 children against measles and rubella on Sunday in an effort to declare the country free of the two diseases.

The "Vacunation 2012" campaign will occur in 44 municipalities of the nine departments and will finish a cycle that began last year. Rene Lenis, the head of the Health Expanded Program on Immunization, said that during the cycle, one million infants were immunized against the diseases, Prensa Latina reports.

The country is seeking to reach a goal set by the Pan American Health Organization to completely rid the country of measles and rubella.

On Sunday, 8,000 physicians and public and private health institution employees vaccinated children between the ages of two and five years old. As part of the campaign, there will also be mobile vaccination services set up in markets, shopping centers, kindergartens, schools and squares.

The cost of the vaccinations and other supplies for Sunday's drive alone was approximately $506,610, according to Prensa Latina.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is caused by a virus that can cause runny nose, fever, cough and a rash all over the body. Rubella is an acute viral disease that causes rash and fever. Both diseases are prevented by the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination.