Monday February 4 2013

Pneumonia vaccination starts April

By Flavia Lanyero

All children below one year will, starting April, be given a new vaccine to prevent them from catching pneumonia.

The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV 10) is a new addition to the existing vaccines given through an injection on the right upper thigh.

Dr Winnie Tabaro, who is in-charge of training at the Ministry of Health, said the vaccine from the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation will be given in the last week of April in three doses within one month intervals, targeting 1.7 million infants.
“We are ensuring the cold chain system is working well and child health cards are updated to include PCV 10 and Rota virus,” Dr Tabaro said.

She added: “By the end of the first week of April, all stores in the country will have PCV 10. The vaccine has no preservative so health workers will immunise within six hours and the rest discarded.”

She was speaking at the Pediatric Association’s scientific symposium on ‘Updates of Immunisation and PCV 10 Introduction Plan’ on Friday.