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Immunisation week seeks to allay vaccination fears

Update: April, 28/2014 - 08:14
During this week, people will be provided with information about vaccines available to protect them against diseases, encouraged to check their own vaccination status and that of their family members and how to get vaccines they need from their local health practitioner. — VNA/ VNS Photo

THAI BINH (VNS)— The Ministry of Health launched the second World Immunisation Week (April 24-30), an initiative of World Health Organisation, at a ceremony in Thai Binh Province on Saturday.

Tran Dac Phu, director of the ministry's Preventive Medicine Department, called for stronger commitment and active involvement of the whole political system, leadership of provinces and cities as well as the larger community in ensuring success of the National Expanded Immunisation Programme (EPI).

He said all localities should improve their communication towards strengthening parents' belief in immunisation and thus increase the rate of vaccinations in the country.

Health experts said at the meeting that some adverse reactions relating to hepatitis B vaccine had worried parents and decreased the vaccination rate. On the other hand, the decrease in vaccination rate had been blamed for the recent occurrence of measles outbreaks in many localities, they noted.

The Immunisation Week aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. It also aims to raise public awareness of the importance of vaccinations for shielding children from diseases during the first stage of their lives.

During this week, people will be provided with information about vaccines available to protect them against diseases, encouraged to check their own vaccination status and that of their family members and how to get vaccines they need from their local health practitioner.

Viet Nam has been recognised as a polio-free and tetanus-free country since 2000 and 2005, respectively. The country hopes to eliminate measles by 2017.

According to the WHO, immunisation prevents an estimated 2-3 million deaths every year, but one in five children still misses out on this safeguard. — VNS

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