In order to replace the traditional method of vaccination of newborn, the state health and family welfare department is all set to launch ‘Pentavalent’ vaccination in second half of January.
The new vaccination will replace the traditional methods of vaccination with various injections to the newborn just by a single vaccine.
Various other states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat along with some other neighboring states have launched this vaccination under the universal immunisation programme.
The Punjab government has also provided training to medical officials to execute this programme. The health department has also received vaccine from the central government to further distribute at the district level.
By introducing this new vaccination, the children will get all antigens against five infections — diphtheria, pertusis and tetanus (DPT), hepatitis B and Hib (Haemophelius infulenzae B) in a single dose, because Pentavalent is a blend of all these antigens to provide effective immunisation for the newborn baby. The vaccine will be administered to six-week, 10-week and 14-week old infants.
Dr Narinder Kaur, nodal officer of the project in Patiala, said: “All preparations have almost been completed for the launch in the state. The trainings of health officials have been completed, but a few officials are yet to receive training pending, which will be finished by mid January and the programme will be implemented in the state.”
She said in earlier schedule of the child immunisation, doctors were using DPT injection against three diseases diphtheria, tentanus and pertusis, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the central government have formulated a policy against some other disease among children also and introduced the Pentavalent vaccination.
She said the parents were also using vaccination Hib (Haemophelius infulenzae B) privately, but now Pentavalent would replace all these traditional method of vaccination just by single a vaccine.
“It’s very expensive vaccine cost around `1,300 each dose, which will be provided to the children at very reasonable rates at the government hospitals. The training part to use this expensive vaccine effectively is very important to avoid the wastage,” said the doc.
“The health department has been preparing for a campaign against polio on January 18 for its complete eradication,” she added.