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Government to launch pneumonia vaccine by April-end

Government to launch pneumonia vaccine by April-end
17 Apr 2017
  • The Ministry of Health is set to release a new vaccine, the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which targets a specific kind of pneumonia affecting children in India.
  • The vaccine would be released under the universal immunization programme, and will be released in Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and UP in phase-1.
  • Officials said the roll-out will begin by April-end.

  • The threat of pneumonia
    The threat
  • Pneumonia and diarrhea are the biggest killers of children under 5 in the world and India accounts for the largest number of these deaths.
  • Across the world, over 3,00,000 children died of these diseases in 2016, with various types of pneumonia accounting for a majority of these deaths.
  • This has led to a drastic increase in India's infant mortality rate.

  • Health Ministry's efforts at immunizing India
    Health Ministry
  • In 2016, the Ministry of Health introduced the rotavirus vaccine to curb diarrhea in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, Tripura, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
  • The pentavalent vaccine, targeting the Hib pneumonia was launched earlier.
  • The IPV vaccine will be the third major vaccine launched by the Modi government under the Universal Immunization Programme.

  • Immunization of children up 10% since 2013
    FACT
    Government statistics revealed that over 75% of children under 12-months of age were fully immunized in India in 2016, as opposed to 65% in 2013.



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