MoH to import meningitis vaccine doses in April

Update: March, 09/2016 - 19:08
Some 160,000 meningitis vaccine doses will be imported to Việt Nam in April. – Photo

HÀ NỘI (VNS) – Some 160,000 meningitis vaccine doses will be imported to Việt Nam in April, according to the Department of Medicine Management under the Ministry of Health (MoH).

This move comes in light of the recent appearance of many meningitis cases in Hà Nội and other provinces, so the demand for vaccines against the disease has increased.

Of the imported vaccines, 60,000 doses are polysaccharide meningococcal AC vaccine from France and 100,000 are VA-MENGOC-BC.

According to a report by an import company, Việt Nam has imported more than 90,000 AC vaccine doses and 400,000 BC doses since July last year.

Nearly 150,000 BC vaccine doses are in the import company’s stores.

Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, also known as meningococcus as given by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

These illnesses are often severe and symptoms include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).

The bacteria can be carried in the throat and, sometimes, for unknown reasons, can overwhelm the body’s defences, allowing the infection to spread through the blood to the brain.

If not treated in time, the disease progresses and the patient can die. — VNS

Do Thuy