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Youth get free measles-rubella vaccines

Update: November, 06/2014 - 10:09

HCM CITY (VNS) — As part of the national campaign to provide the combined measles-rubella vaccine, more than 150,000 children aged 10 to 14 in HCM City have received shots, according to Dr Nguyen Tri Dung, head of the city's Preventive Health Centre.

Children aged 1 to 5 will be vaccinated during the third campaign. — VNA Photo

The campaign, which began on October 1 and will end in March, is divided into three phases, said Dung, who spoke at a meeting between the city's Health Department and district medical facilities yesterday in HCM City.

During the campaign's first phase, the vaccine will be provided to children aged 10 to 14, and during the second phase between children aged 6 to 10. Children aged 1 to 5 will be vaccinated during the third campaign.

HCM City expects to provide the vaccine to more than 1.3 million children aged 1 to 14.

There have been no reports of any children having a serious reaction to the vaccine, said Dung.

Dung also spoke about the hike in the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease last month, with 11,235 patients. This is an increase of 59 per cent compared to the same period last year.

In the first nine months of the year, there were 5,382 cases, he added.

Most of the cases were reported in districts of 3, 7, 12, Tan Binh, Binh Thanh and Tan Phu.

Dung asked medical staff in city districts to strengthen preventive measures and raise public awareness of the disease in their localities. — VNS

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