Health sector has plans to eradicate measles by 2012
"The effect of the first vaccination is around 85 per cent, and regular injections boost this rate to 90 per cent," said Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) Nguyen Tran Hien, at a workshop on measles prevention yesterday.
NIHE estimated that in 2009
"Most patients in the 18-26 age group have had only one shot of the measles vaccine," explained Hien.
"Measles outbreaks often happen on a small scale, but tend to spread to many provinces, especially in bigger cities with larger populations," added Hien.
Representative of the World Health Organisations in Viet Nam Jean Marc Olive also suggested that along with children,
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Last year, the Expanded Immunisation Programme (EPI) saw a measles vaccination rate of 89.4 per cent in 9-12-month-olds, and 87 per cent in 6-year-old children.
In an effort to eliminate measles by 2012, the health sector will strengthen its regular immunisation programme in order to give at least 95 per cent of children two vaccinations. Some supplemental vaccination campaigns will be carried out for students, healthcare staff and military recruits.
EPI will also focus on strengthening human resources, monitoring systems and communication prog-rammes on measles prevention, as well as ensuring a reserve of measles vaccines for emergencies.