14 January 2020
The New oral Rotavirus vaccine is added in Myanmar’s regular vaccination programme, according to a media briefing in Yangon on Tuesday.
The oral vaccination is going to start on the 1st of February across the country by the Ministry of Health and Sports with partner organizations Gavi (The Vaccine Alliance), World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
The new added vaccination is to reduce severe diarrhoea caused by Rotavirus and death of child under age 5.
Director General, Ministry of Health and Sports, Dr. Thar Tun Kyaw said “This is to prevent severe diarrhea. Rotavirus-diarrhoeal disease is common among the children under age 1. Millions of children will be vaccinated in a year. This is the 12th vaccine in regular vaccination programme - there are 13 vaccines for 13 diseases globally.”
In Southeast Asia Region, Myanmar is the 3rd country which has acquired Rotavirus vaccine after India and Thailand. And, 35-60 percent of children under 1 year of age suffer diarrhoea caused by rotavirus.
Representative, WHO Myanmar, Dr. Stephan Paul Jost said “It is very important factor to prevent rotavirus infection, which we know is extremely common, actually globally but also here in Myanmar. And it is a highly effective safe vaccine and it is a great achievement that Myanmar has taking the step to introduce this vaccine from next month February 2020 in international immunization calendar. It is good news for the country and partners. Not be afraid of this vaccination. It is safe and effective and WHO pre-qualified vaccine as well.”
There are four types of rotavirus vaccines. The new added vaccine in Myanmar is Rotarix type. Distribution has already started in January. Vaccination will be given to the children for 2 times - one time at 2 months of age and the 2nd time at 4 months of age.
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