A note to parents: children vaccination with a new vaccine begins
From September a free vaccination of two-month old infants (born on the 1st day of July of this year and later) against rotavirus infection begins. After this vaccine has been included in the children prophylactic vaccination calendar, the National Health Insurance Fund under the Ministry of Health (NHIF) bought 175 thousand doses of this vaccine.
"The parents with the infants of the aforementioned age should approach their general practitioner regarding vaccination. A full scheme of vaccination against rotavirus infection consists of three doses of the vaccine. The first dose of the vaccine will be given to two-months old infants, the second one – to four-month old infants, whereas the third one – to six-month old infants. The vaccine is special because it is an orally administered vaccine and therefore the infants will feel no pain that could be otherwise caused with a medical syringe", - says Lina Reinartienė, the Head of the Healthcare Facilities Supply Department of the NHIF.
According to her, the healthcare facilities should be supplied with the vaccines until the 1st of September. Healthcare facilities must themselves take care of this – they must pick up the ordered quantity of the vaccines from the Infectious Diseases and AIDS Center.
The specialists recall that rotavirus infection is a viral intestinal infection associated with severe acute diarrhea, fever, vomiting in infants and young children. The infant's body rapidly loses water and this disturbs the activity of many organs, such the infant is at risk of generalized intoxication of the body. The infants affected by rotavirus infection are often hospitalized. Therefore, vaccination is the most effective form of prevention of this disease.
"In terms of illness, children are one of the most vulnerable groups of the society. Therefore, we are delighted by the fact that reimbursement of another new vaccine was introduced without the need to pay any extras by the patient. This vaccine has long been reimbursed in Estonia and Latvia. By the way, this is the second vaccine novelty this year. Since July of this year infants are vaccinated against meningococcal infection", - notes L. Reinartienė.
The NHIF every year purchases vaccines intended for vaccination of children. Bills for the vaccines are paid from the budget of the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund. In order to ensure good health of the growing generation every year more and more funds are allocated to the immune-prophylaxis program.
In accordance with the deadlines set in the children prophylactic vaccination calendar, children are free of charge vaccinated in the healthcare facilities of our country that have entered into contracts with the Territorial Health Insurance Funds with the vaccines bought by the NHIF against these infectious diseases: tuberculosis, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type B infection, measles, epidemic parotitis, rubella, pneumococcal infection, type B meningococcal infection. Moreover, eleven-year-old girls are vaccinated against human papillomavirus.
The NHIF calls for the timely vaccination of children against infectious diseases. The specialists recall that parents must be informed of the vaccination procedures before each vaccination of the child and must put their signature in the Medical records form of child health development thus expressing their acknowledgment that they have been properly informed and their consent to vaccination of the infant. Vaccination shall be avoided in very rare cases, for example, due to severe illnesses or a weakened immune system. Parents must be notified thereof by the physician.
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