|A child is provided a two-in-one vaccine against measles and rubella in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc|
HCM CITY — The Department of Health in the southeastern province of Đồng Nai this month is providing two-in-one measles and rubella vaccines to more than 200,000 children aged 1 to 5 as part of a Ministry of Health campaign.
Children who received vaccinations less than one month before the start of the campaign do not need to be vaccinated.
More than VNĐ2.2 billion (US$94,156) for the vaccines comes from the province’s budget.
The vaccines are provided at health stations in wards and communes.
The department has set up many mobile teams of health staff in areas where there are many workers with kids. Other teams are located at kindergartens and nurseries.
Đồng Nai Province is home to many industrial parks with a large number of workers who do not have the time to take their children to health stations for vaccinations.
The campaign, which ends in December, aims to vaccinate 95 per cent of children aged 1 to 5 in the province.
According to the province’s Preventive Health Centre, more than 330 patients with measles had been reported as of October. Many of them had not been vaccinated.
Đồng Nai Province is one of three southern provinces carrying out the ministry’s campaign because it is considered a high- risk area for a measles outbreak.
Many workers also do not have immunisation against measles. — VNS