HA NOI (VNS) — More than 19.7 million children, aged between one and 14 years, were vaccinated against measles and rubella during a six-month vaccination campaign that ended in May.
|A baby receives vaccine against measles and rubella at Song Mai Health clinic in Song Mai Commune, Bac Giang Province. More than 19.7 million children nation-wide were vaccinated against measles and rubella during a national vaccination campaign that ended in May. — VNS Photo Thanh Hai
The children comprised 98.2 per cent of the total targeted children nationwide.
"The campaign has contributed towards achieving complete control over the measles outbreak in Viet Nam in 2015," Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said at a conference to review the campaign in Ha Noi today.
"At the moment, no measles outbreak has been reported in Viet Nam. Only 80 measles cases were detected in the country since the beginning of 2015," Tien said.
The minister said the campaign helped to increase people's awareness about the use of vaccines to prevent diseases, especially those living in remote, mountainous areas.
Statistics of the health ministry's preventive medicine department showed that the vaccination coverage was more than 95 per cent in all provinces and cities, thank to the efforts of nearly 19,000 health workers and the involvement of the country's education sector and administrative authorities at all levels.
No serious post-vaccination incident leading to any fatality was reported during the six-month campaign. Some chain reactions were detected among student groups in localities such as Lao Cai, Thanh Hoa and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces and HCM City.
The campaign reported nearly 15,870 cases with slight reactions, such as fever, pain in the injected area or headache. This was the result of the health sector's efforts to ensure the quality of the vaccine and the vaccination process.
Launched in September last year, the country's largest-ever vaccination campaign aims to reduce measles and rubella infections in the community. It also aims to eliminate measles in Viet Nam by 2017 and rubella by a future date.
The combined measles and rubella vaccine was supported through a US$34.6-million grant from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). — VNS