When free rotavirus vaccines had been included into the calendar of preventive vaccination for children, 28 thousand children were vaccinated in more than a year. Besides, when vaccination had been started, the number of patients hospitalized because of this infection decreased significantly, even by 24 percent. This is the information provided by specialists of the National Health Insurance Fund under the Ministry of Health (NHIF).
The decreased number of hospitalization cases proves effectiveness of vaccine and protected health of the residents. Moreover, it allows saving resources of the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund (CHIF) that may be distributed to satisfy other needs of the patients.
"When free rotavirus vaccines had been included into the calendar of preventive vaccination for children, we could see the evidently reduced number of the hospitalized patients last year for the first time – it decreased from 3,8 thousand to 2,9 thousand hospitalized patients on average per year. Vaccination was started, even 4,3 thousand patients had been hospitalized due to complications caused by that infection one year," – said Head of the NHIF Department of Provision of Medical Institutions, Mrs. Lina Reinartienė.
L. Reinartienė stresses that preventive benefit of the rotavirus vaccine is evident – the number of patients in hospitals is decreasing, so the work time of medics, CHIF resources and time of parents are saved. Usually small children catch rotavirus infection, thus, the parents, who nurse them, cannot go to work, and benefits are paid to them, whereas vaccination protects health of surrounding persons because the whole family, staff of educational institutions, etc. may get infected from one child.
The medics remind that rotavirus infection is a viral intestinal infection that may cause acute diarrhoea, fever and vomiting to babies and children. The organism loses water quickly and this may cause disorders in various organs. Besides, general intoxication of organism is possible.
"We encourage parents to take care about health of their children, to observe the schedule provided in the calendar of preventive vaccination for children, and to refer to general practitioner for vaccines compensated by the Health Insurance Fund. The first dose of rotavirus vaccine is prescribed for a baby of 2 months old," – says L. Reinartienė.
Vaccination of children is a special item of health care agenda, so more and more resources of the CHIF budget are assigned to finance the National Immunopreventive Program. According to L. Reinartienė, 12,3 million euros were assigned to finance his program last year, that is three times more than in 2014 (3,76 million euros).
Approx. 480 thousand euros are assigned for rotavirus vaccines from CHIF every year.
The Health Insurance Funds remind that children are vaccinated free of charge against the following communicable diseases: tuberculosis, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, B type Haemophilus influenza infection, poliomyelitis, pneumococcal infection, B type meningococcal infection, measles, epidemic parotitis, rubella, rotavirus infection, and the girls are vaccinated against human papilloma virus from the age of 11.
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