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Doctors recommend chicken pox vaccine

Update: February, 05/2015 - 09:48
Last year, the incidence of other contagious diseases, including measles, Rubella, whooping cough, and hand, foot and mouth, also increased compared to 2013. — Photo sggp

HCM CITY (VNS) — Health officials have recommended that children aged one and over should receive chicken pox vaccinations as 10 cases have occurred every week since January 1.

Dr Truong Huu Khanh, head of HCM City Peadiatric Hospital No.1's neurology and infectious diseases ward, said four children with chicken pox were treated at the ward yesterday.

Khanh expects an increase in cases this year over 2014, based on the number of cases so far.

Parents should take the initiative and bring their children to hospitals for the vaccine, Khanh said.

Last year, the city experienced a shortage of vaccines when parents flooded the hospitals when the number of cases reached a peak.

Two shots are effective, Khanh said.

At a conference on disease-prevention activities held in HCM City on Tuesday, Phan Trong Lan, head of the HCM City Pasteur Institute, said 8,492 chicken-pox cases occurred in southern provinces last year, an increase of 2.1 times compared to 2013.

Last year, the incidence of other contagious diseases, including measles, Rubella, whooping cough, and hand, foot and mouth, also increased compared to 2013.

The number of measles cases increased 10.2 times; Rubella, 3.4 times; whooping cough, by 20 per cent; and hand, foot and mouth, by 16.1 per cent.

The incidence of hand, foot and mouth cases in the southern provinces accounted for 73 per cent of the total number of cases in the country.

Of the most common infectious diseases, hand, foot and mouth had the highest number of fatalities (eight) in the southern region. — VNS

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