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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.

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