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6-in-1 vaccine shortage to continue

Released at: 10:47, 06/08/2015

6-in-1 vaccine shortage to continue

With vaccine in short supply until next year authorities recommend use of locally-made 5-in-1 vaccine.

The shortage of six-in-one vaccine may last until next year as the overseas unit that manufactures the vaccine is in the process of changing its location and production lines, according to the Ministry of Health’s Preventive Medicine Department.

It suggested that people use the five-in-one Quinvaxem vaccine instead, which protects children from diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio and Haemophilus influenza type B (HiB). The six-in-one vaccine additionally protects against Hepatitis B.

However, many people have refused to use the domestically-produced five-in-one vaccine because they prefer imported versions, which they believe are safer.

Mr. Tran Dac Phu, Head of the Department, said that all vaccines are carefully and tightly inspected. Children may have a fever after being vaccinated but this should only last a day.

Mr. Dang Duc Anh, Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, was quoted as saying that injectable polio vaccines will be supplied under the free expanded immunization program for children in 2016.

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