President Unveils Pentavalent Vaccine

President Unveils Pentavalent Vaccine
President Unveils Pentavalent Vaccine

Unveiling the Pentavalent vaccine on Tuesday (Nov 18) President Hassan Rouhani said “with this, a new beginning in immunization under the Health Reform Plan has commenced.”

So far healthcare efforts mainly focused on the subject of treatment while preventive measures were given less consideration.” But today with the unveiling of the vaccine, an effective step has been taken to bolster immunization further,” the president said.

“The Health Reform Plan will not conclude with only one or two steps, but it will continue till we reach the optimum level. There are many people suffering from severe illnesses which also prevents their family members from playing an active role in the community; therefore it is essential to take preventive measures to increase the level of community health” for the greatest good of all, he added.

The vaccine has been placed in the routine national vaccination program from the second half of November and it can greatly reduce the number of children who die annually due to meningitis and other dangerous infections, IRNA reported.

Pentavalent vaccine is five individual vaccines conjugated in one and intended to actively protect infant children from 5 potentially deadly diseases: Haemophilus Influenza type B, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Diphtheria.

The vaccine is used as primary immunization at 2, 4 and 6 months of age.