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Don’t Be Late! Follow the National Immunization Schedule and Make Sure Your Child’s Vaccinations are Up-to-Date!

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Viet Nam’s national EPI provides 12 life-saving vaccines free of charge to all Vietnamese children. In the last 25 years, vaccines have protected 6.7 million Vietnamese children and prevented 42,000 deaths from deadly childhood diseases such as diphtheri

Joint UNICEF and WHO Statement on timely childhood immunization

Hanoi 23 March 2015 - As children’s health is one of the most important priorities for parents, it is important to ensure timely childhood immunization and adherence to Viet Nam’s national vaccination schedule. All vaccines under Viet Nam’s national Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) are free of charge, without shortage of supply, at commune Health Centers across Viet Nam.

Over the past few months, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been working closely with Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health to monitor the Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign for all children aged 1-14. The national vaccine monitoring missions have revealed that not all parents/caregivers are getting their children vaccinated, even though MR and other vaccines are readily available at all commune health centers across the country.

By delaying vaccination or failing to follow the recommended national immunization schedule, parents put their children and the broader community at serious risk of disease.

Immunization remains the simplest and most effective way of protecting a child from diseases such as measles, rubella and pertussis. WHO and UNICEF recommend that all parents/caregivers check the immunization status of their children to ensure that their vaccinations are fully up-to-date and to strictly adhere to the national immunization schedule without any delay.

Viet Nam’s national EPI provides 12 life-saving vaccines free of charge to all Vietnamese children.  In the last 25 years, vaccines have protected 6.7 million Vietnamese children and prevented 42,000 deaths from deadly childhood diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio.  The EPI vaccines are safe and are fully regulated by Viet Nam’s National Regulatory Authority. They have undergone strict quality controls at every step of the manufacturing and supply process. WHO and UNICEF support the National Regulatory Authority by reviewing vaccine clinical data, production processes, manufacturing facilities and testing sample immunization batches.

For more information please contact:

  • Ms Laura Ngo-Fontaine, UNICEF Viet Nam Communications Specialist, Tel: +84 4 3942 5706 ext 271 | Mobile: +84 966 539 673| Email: lngofontaine@unicef.org
  • Ms. Tran Thi Loan, WHO Viet Nam Communications Assistant, Tel: +84 43 943 3734-6 (ext. 83886) |Mobile: +84 904 887 997 |Email: media.vtn@wpro.who.int

Recommended national immunization schedule for Viet Nam’s children

Click here to download the PDF version of the schedule

Vaccine

When (months to be counted from the date of birth)

BCG vaccine
To prevent Tuberculosis

As soon as possible after birth

Hepatitis B vaccine birth dose
To prevent Hepatitis B

As soon as possible after birth (within 24 hours)

Quinvaxem  vaccine (DPT-HepB-Hib)
To prevent Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (Pertussis), Hepatitis B and Haemophilus

1st  dose at 2 months
2nd dose at 3 months
3rd dose at 4 months

OPV vaccine*
To prevent Poliomyelitis

1st dose at 2 months
2nd dose at 3 months
3rd dose at 4 months

Measles vaccine
To prevent Measles

1st  dose at 9 months
2nd  dose at 18 months**

DPT booster dose
To prevent Diphtheria , Tetanus and Pertussis

At 18 months

Japanese Encephalitis vaccine
To prevent Japanese Encephalitis

2 doses, at 1 year after birth (two weeks apart) then 3rd dose one year after second dose

Cholera Vaccine
To prevent Cholera

2 doses at 2-5 years of age (in specific geographical areas)

Typhoid vaccine
To prevent Typhoid fever

3-10 years of age (in specific geographical areas)

Tetanus (TT)
To prevent Tetanus

At least two doses for women reaching child bearing age (15-45 years), to assure the newborn is protected at birth

*As of late 2015/early 2016, One dose of Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be introduced at 4 month of age.
**As of late 2015, the Measles-Rubella combination vaccine will replace the 2nd dose of Measles vaccine at 18 months.

 

 
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