Pentavalent vaccine for children to be distributed in Hyderabad by December-end

Hyderabad, Nov 14: K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Chief Minister, has launched a programme to provide the children of the state with liquid pentavalent vaccine (LPV) by the end of December. Known to prevent five deadly diseases in children, this vaccine is essential to keep toddlers safe from these ailments.

As per the National Immunisation Programme (NIP), the state government will receive LPV from the Union Government and then distribute it to district health centres. In a statement Rao said, 'The vaccine is undergoing trials and the medical staff will be trained to administer it. Once the training is over, which is most likely to end by December, the supply will begin.'

Although the vaccine is manufactured in Hyderabad itself, they will be distributed from international agencies like UNICEF, Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI), and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, acording to BE vice-president M Jeevan Kumar said.

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The state government has planned that once their contract with the international agencies end in 2016, the central government may consider buying the vaccine directly from the manufacturer. The liquid pentavalent vaccine protects children from Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis-B and Bacterial Meningitis.

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