Two further vaccines added into national immunization program

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said that as per schedule, from May, 2016, inactivated vaccines against poliomyelitis and diarrhea will be included in the National Expanded Immunization Program.

Concerning to the shortage of six-in-one Quinvaxem vaccine and five-in-one Pentaxim vaccine, representatives from the Drug Administration of Vietnam said that as the manufacturers changed its production procedures; consequently, the supply was  short of the demand in many nations in the world not only the Southeast Asian country.

Around 200,000 vaccine dozes of five-in-one Pentaxim vaccine will be imported in Vietnam in the end of this year and six-in-one Quinvaxem vaccine will be short until 2016, he added.

However, parents should not be worried as there are many other vaccines to replace the two vaccines to prevent diphtheria (D), tetanus (T), pertussis (P, whooping cough), hepatitis B (HepB), and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), he said.

By Nguyen Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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