The UAE has launched a nationwide immunisation programme to protect infants from six diseases. A single injection will be administered at two months of age and offer protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Haemophilus influenza Type B, hepatitis B and polio. The vaccine will be administered free-of-charge from February, according to The Gulf Today. Workshops have been held across the seven emirates to give vaccination staff hands-on-training about the methods of storing, preparing and administering the hexavalent vaccine. Dr Mahmoud Fikri, assistant undersecretary for health policies at the UAE Ministry of Health, that the UAE was the first country in the Gulf region to introduce such a vaccination programme.