NGHE AN (VNS)— More than 2,000 children in the central province of Nghe An have not yet received 5-in-1 and Japanese encephalitis vaccines, but a local expert said that the delay would not affect the children's health and immunity.
"Parents should not be too worried as the vaccines will be provided at the beginning of next year," said Thai Sy Than, head of the Vaccine Division of the Nghe An Preventive Medicine Centre.
The vaccines should be given to children at about six months of age, but they can be given months later without any problems, he explained.
The 5-in-1 vaccine is used to prevent diphtheria, whooping-cough, tetanus, viral hepatitis and meningitis.
Than said that the province had requested 5,400 doses of the vaccine from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), failing to anticipate the effects of superstition.
"Local residents think that children born this year - the dragon year in the lunar calendar - will be intelligent and successful, so the number of newborn babies in the province increased sharply to 7,500," said Than.
The province has requested more doses of the vaccine for next year, so parents will only have to wait 1-2 months to ensure their children are protected, he added. — VNS