Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New vaccines for immunisation plan

THREE new vaccines will be used in East New Britain under the immunisation programme from this month.
The vaccines are measles rubela, combined for measles and measles rubella, IPV, which is a polio injection vaccine. The other vaccine -PCV13 - is also an injection vaccine for pneumococous.
Elsie Buka, from the provincial health division, said MR vaccine was targeted at six-month old babies to 15 year-old children, IPV for three-month olds to three-year olds and the PCV for one to three-month-old babies.
Buka said the programme was started in schools before clinical programmes were set up in communities. Babies and children should be vaccinated, she said.