Vietnam targets vaccination rate of 95 percent for under-1-year-old children
Updated : Tuesday, January 08, 2019 3:16 PM (GMT+0700)

The health sector aimsto have over 95 percent of under-one-year-old children nationwidefully vaccinated in the expanded national immunization programme by 2020,heard a conference in Hanoi on January 7.

Illustrative image - Source: VNA

Speaking at the event, Director of the National Institute ofHygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) Dang Duc Anh said the programme will continueto support disadvantaged localities to increase their vaccination rate throughimproving the capacity of medical staff, and making it easier for the people toaccess the expanded immunisation service. 

In 2019, the NIHE will promote communication campaigns toraise public awareness of the benefits of full vaccination, and additionalvaccination shots so that people can actively take their children to fully vaccinateon schedule.

It will also focus on popularise knowledge about monitoringand taking care of children after vaccination in the community, Anh said.

The conference heard that 2018 was the 18th yearthat Vietnam had successfully protected its goal to eliminate polio, and the 13thyear the country had maintained the achievement of removing neonatal tetanusnationwide. 

Measles outbreaks were controlled, while the number ofrubella was low in the year. 

The institute has successfully implemented a new vaccinecalled inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into the programme under the support ofthe Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). Since September 2018,the IPV has been used at all health stations of communes and wards. Around297,390 children across the country have been given this vaccine. 

It has also successfully used measles-rubella vaccineproduced by Vietnam, instead imported ones for 18-month-old children from April2018, and provided the 5-in-1 ComBe Five vaccine for under-one-year-oldchildren across the country from December 2018.

The vaccination of hepatitis B for newborns within 24 hoursin many localities has been promoted with more active participation ofhospitals. The model has been also expanded to some mountainous and remoteareas, contributing to maintaining the rate of hepatitis B vaccination fornewborn babies at over 70 percent in the first 11 months of 2018.

Attention was also paid to activities of vaccination againstmeasles-rubella and diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus for18-month-old children, and tetanus vaccination for pregnant women. 

The national immunisation information management system hasbeen deployed nationwide since June 2017.  So far, 11,183 (or 99 percent)of medical stations across the country applied the system to manage individualimmunisation status. In 2018, more than 1.7 million children were registered onthe system to store personal vaccination information, facilitating themanagement of vaccination at the local level.

Source: VNA

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