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Health ministry advises public against unauthorised vaccine

Update: December, 21/2015 - 21:25
A child being vaccinated at a local vaccination centre.—Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Health today issued a public warning regarding the so-called imported vaccine, whose origin and quality it was not able to verify.

The ministry advised the public that the vaccine must be preserved and administered following strictly regulated standards. Therefore, parents were asked to not vaccinate their children with the unauthorised vaccine, which was imported through various unofficial channels.

Head of the ministry's Department of Preventative Medicine Tran Dac Phu said the ministry forbids the sales of the unauthorised vaccine and parents who purchased and used it put their children at greater risk of medical complications.

In recent months, numerous individuals and companies already started to advertise their vaccine to parents, who are unwilling to participate in the Expanded Programme on Immunisation and prefer to take their children to private clinics or even fly them outside the country to be vaccinated.

Phu noted that the best time for children to be vaccinated is when they are of 2, 3 or 4 months old, when the vaccine can produce immunity 80 per cent to 90 per cent of the time.

He urged parents to bring their children to official vaccination centres and receive medical consultations before the vaccination. Phu said parents must not, in any case, skip or delay the vaccination, which may in turn put the children and the whole society in danger of epidemic diseases.

The National Vaccination Programme vaccinates up to 1.3 million children across the country. The programme is aimed at preventing some 11 dangerous diseases and was estimated to save more than 43,000 children every year. — VNS

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