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Thousands of children vaccinated yearly – Government

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Thousands of children vaccinated yearly - GovernmentParliamentary Secretary for the Elderly and Community Care, Mario Galea said today that vaccination is a priority for the government.

Children and young people aged between 6 weeks and 16 years are given 10 types of vaccines: Difertite / Tetanus / Polio / Pertussis / Haemopilis Influenza (HIB) (5 in 1), MMR (measles, Mumps, German measles), Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis. In Malta there are 8 vaccination clinics in eight health centers.

The Minister was on a visit to Pembroke Primary School, St Clare’s College during which he spoke about the importance of immunization.

Vaccination is provided entirely free of charge and is given in health centers and schools.

Mario Galea explained that these vaccines were given between 2011 and 2012:

• 5 in 1

Year 2011: 19 000 from health centers

Year 2012 (January to September): 11 200 from health centers

• MMR

Year 2011: 10,000 vaccines. Almost 2,300 vaccines were given in schools

Year 2012 (January to September): 9000 vaccines.

Almost 2,300 vaccines were given in schools

• Tuberculosis

Year 2011 5000 vaccines were given in schools

Year 2012 (January to September): 2800 vaccines were given in schools

• Hepatitis B

Year 2011: 11,700 vaccines were given in health centers

Year 2012 (January to September): 7300 were given in health centers

Immunisation in Malta is coordinated by the Office of National Immunisation Service located in the Floriana Health Centre.

Mario Galea said that it is very important to have all the information about the vaccines being administered in Malta because this information is used to draw a full report to the World Health Organization. This report will guide us in taking more positive decisions in the local scene.

Mario Galea said that through vaccination the Government was able to make great advances in the light of disease control.

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