City scrambles to meet vaccine goal

Update: March, 05/2015 - 09:49

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Tan Phu District Preventive Health Centre has given free measles-rubella shots to children at the local Rang Dong Kindergarten.

The kindergarten early this week had written to students' parents to bring their kids for the vaccination to immunise them .

From 7am on Tuesday people started to bring their kids to the school. Nguyen Thi Thu Hong of the district's Phu Tho Hoa Ward said her five-year-old daughter had got two measles shots at nine and 15 months but no rubella shot because it was not in the earlier National Expanded Programme for Immunisation.

"Today the kindergarten announced that officials from the district Preventive Health Centre would come to provide the vaccine for free against measles and rubella.

"It is good!"

"The vaccine will help improve their immunity against measles and rubella."

District health officials are also scrambling to immunise children at other local kindergartens before a national campaign for providing the vaccine reaches its deadline this month.

Children not attending kindergartens have been urged to go to ward-level health centres for the vaccine, according to Dr Nguyen Tri Dung, head of the city Preventive Health Centre.

Other districts in the city have also been working with kindergartens for the vaccination since February when the campaign's programme for kids aged one to six began.

The campaign, which began last October, has three programmes in all, targeting children aged one to 14 around the country.

As of last month, around 18.3 million children nation-wide had been vaccinated, including 758,722 aged six to 14 in HCM City alone.

Last year the city reported 3,005 children with measles while only 402 have got the disease in 2013, according to the Preventive Health Centre.

Only one rubella case was reported last year. — VNS