JK to introduce new child immunization scheme

Infants to be vaccinated for fatal diseases

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Oct 30: In the backdrop of studies that a lot of children suffer from fatal diseases like Pneumonia and Meningitis, the Government of India is contemplating to bring certain changes in the child immunization (vaccination) programme in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
 As per the new and changed schedule, the vaccine Diptheria, Purtitus and Tetnus (DPT) is going to be replaced by Liquid Pentavalent Vaccine (LPV) which would protect a child from deadly diseases, Pneumonia and Meningitis.
 Jammu and Kashmir would be the third state in the country after Tamil Nadu and Kerela to have such child immunization programme. Apart from Jammu and Kashmir, the new vaccination is also going to be introduced in Karnataka, Goa, Pondichery and Gujrat.     
 Sources told Greater Kashmir that earlier, the children in the state below one year of age were not given vaccination for the fatal diseases like Pneumonia and Meningitis caused by Haemoplus Influenza bacteria. “Now, as per the new immunization programme, the children will be given vaccination for these incurable diseases which often result in the death of a child”.
 More importantly, instead of nine pricks the children below one year of age would now be given three pricks that too with added vaccination and protection against more diseases. There will be five vaccines in one bile as per the revised vaccination for the infants. 
 Director Family Welfare, Dr T K Mouza, while confirming the introduction of new vaccination in the state said, “The new vaccination programme in the state will most likely be started from first of December after the Government of India provides the vaccine. Many children who suffer from fatal diseases will now be saved with the addition of new vaccine, Liquid Pentavalent Vaccine”. He also told that this is programme of the Government of India and the state government has to execute 
 As per the existing vaccination schedule, the infants are given vaccination for Diptheria, Purtitus and Tetanus (DPT) in the 6th, 10th and 14th week respectively, apart from a separate vaccination for the fatal virus Hepatitis-B (3+1). But now, the infants will be administered Liquid Pentavalent Vaccine (LPV) (4+1) which would protect them from all the diseases including the newly added Pneumonia and Meningitis that to with lesser number of pricks, three instead of nine. 

Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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