HealthMin Bodog: Pneumococcal vaccine for children, an absolutely necessary step to protect them against illness

Health Minister Florian Bodog said Thursday that the actual introduction this year of the pneumococcal vaccine for children is an absolutely necessary step toward protecting them against diseases such as pneumonia, otitis, septicemia and meningitis.

The Ministry of Health has completed the procurement of a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to prevent diseases such as pneumonia, septicemia, pneumococcal meningitis and otitis, with the immunization campaign being scheduled to begin in September.

“The central mission of the Ministry of Health is to provide effective disease prevention programmes so that Romania may become a country where health is no longer a luxury for many of its citizens. This year’s effective introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine for children is an absolutely necessary step toward protecting them against dangerous pneumococcal diseases such as pneumonia, otitis, septicemia and meningitis. Childcare means using prophylactic methods to ensure a healthy start in life,” Bodog wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

At the same time, he pointed out that, worldwide, pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children, although the disease can be prevented by vaccination.

“In Romania, for the reporting period of time, data show that respiratory infections are the first or second cause of death in children younger than one year. In order to deal with this worrying situation, the Ministry of Health has acquired over 477,000 doses of pneumococcal vaccine, which covers the demand for this year and for the first months of 2018. Also, under a four-year framework agreement with the manufacturer, Romania will have every year the vaccine stock needed for the pneumococcal vaccination campaign. The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is safe, effective, and of high quality, and is the most widely used pneumococcal vaccine in the world,” says Bodog.

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