|Injectable polio vaccines will be supplied to the free expanded immunisation programme for children in 2016. — Photo vov.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Injectable polio vaccines will be supplied to the free expanded immunisation programme for children in 2016, Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology Dang Duc Anh said.
Previously, the oral polio vaccine was given to children in Viet Nam. It worked well and polio was eradicated in Viet Nam in 2000.
Duc Anh said both kinds of the polio vaccine had the same effect, and yet the world was shifting from using the oral vaccine to the injectable form. Moreover, experts say there's a possibility of the live and weakened virus in the oral vaccine escaping into the environment and spreading the disease.
The inactivated and injectable polio vaccine could keep the environment safe, Duc Anh said.
As Viet Nam has succeeded in making the rotavirus vaccine, Duc Anh said it would be included in the programme in the future. He said the supply of this vaccine to the programme would be of great importance as diarrhoea caused by the rotavirus was common among Vietnamese children.
After the successful national measles-rubella vaccination campaign for children between one and 14 years, the health ministry was planning to launch other campaigns and provide new vaccines, especially for diseases that spread rapidly and cause high mortality rates, Duc Anh said. — VNS