THREE VACCINES INTRODUCED
The Ministry of Health (MoH) on June 4, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, launched three vaccines - Pneumococcal, rotavirus and flu vaccines.
Pneumococcal vaccine prevents transmission of pneumococcal bacterial diseases like pneumonia, otitis media, bacteraemia and meningitis in children under five years. The vaccine will be given to about 14,000 children under one year every year and will also be administered to elderly above the age of 65 years.
On the other hand, Rotavirus vaccine will be administered to about 14,000 children under one year every year. Rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that infects the intestine.
The third vaccine, flu vaccine, is an effective preventive health measure against seasonal influenza to reduce illness, complications and deaths among pregnant women, children under five years, elderly persons and person with chronic health conditions.