As part of the Centre’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP), the Delhi Government hospitals will provide a free dose of Rotavirus vaccine to kids from next month. The vaccine holds importance as it prevents diarrhoeal deaths among children. The immunisation programme will start from 7 August across the city.
As many as 11 states already have introduced the vaccine as a routine immunization programme. Quoting sources, a report says that the Government has directed all States and Union Territories to ensure 100 per cent availability of vaccine nationally and get ready the required logistics and infrastructure by September in this regard.
“The vaccine will help in preventing severe diarrhoea and hospitalisation caused due to rotavirus infection. Available data indicates that rotavirus infection is responsible for 40% of moderate to severe diarrhoea in children under five years of age,” a health official was quoted as saying.
As part of the immunization programme, the Delhi Government will make available vaccine free of cost to all infants aged- 6, 10, and 14-weeks-old. Five drops of vaccine are administered orally in each dose.
Universal Immunisation Programme, the Central Government initiative, currently covers vaccines for 11 diseases, including polio (IPV), measles, adult Japanese Encephalitis (JE), and rubella, among others.