Over 2.500 children inoculated with Quinvaxem vaccine

More than 2.500 children were taken to medical clinics to receive free-of-charge Quinvaxem vaccine across the country, said the Ministry of Health on March 22.

To overcome the temporary shortage of five-in-one Pentaxim vaccine and six-in-one Infanrix Hexa vaccine the Ministry asked all medical clinics to convince parents to bring their children to medical clinics for five-in-one Quinvaxem vaccine made in the South Korean. The vaccine is reported to prevent five common, potentially fatal childhood diseases: diphtheria (D), tetanus (T), pertussis (P, whooping cough), hepatitis B (HepB), and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) in the National Expanded Immunization Program.

The country has 40 medical clinics and  most are located in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi that carry out the National Expanded Immunization Program.

Chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine Dr. Tran Dac Phu said that Quinvaxem vaccine had some common side effects after an immunization including swelling or redness where children have had the injection, being irritable and feeling unwell, or getting fever.

Despite all post-vaccination side effects, parents should take their babies for inoculation because the vaccine will help to prevent the diseases, the Department chief said.

Though Quinvaxem vaccine causes more post-vaccination side-effects vaccines than have- to -pay vaccines like Pentaxim and Infanrix Hexa this vaccine has more antigen, he said.

It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs, he added.

The Ministry of Health has urgded parents to take their children to medical clinics for enough vaccination to prevent diseases actively.

The Ministry also provided more information about vaccines in disease prevention. Thanks to a vaccine, one of the most terrible diseases in history – smallpox – no longer exists outside the laboratory. Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives.

By Khanh Nguyen – translated by Uyen Phuong

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