Single Shot Immunization Mooted for Toddlers

by Kathy Jones on  November 23, 2010 at 9:46 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
Britain's Chief Medical Officer has revealed that toddlers in the country will have to be immunized just once to combat six of the widespread diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella.
 Single Shot Immunization Mooted for Toddlers
Single Shot Immunization Mooted for Toddlers

The current NHS policy indicates that children just over one year of age receive three jabs spread over a period of two months. However the overall percent of toddlers receiving all of vaccines is less than 85 percent while health experts warn that at least 95 percent of the children have to be immunized in order to prevent the spread of the diseases.

However the new policy is expected to boost the rate with children between 12 to 13 months of age receiving a MMR vaccine while two other injections are to be given to combat meningitis and pneumococcal in a single visit to their GPs.

"Independent scientific research has shown that providing these vaccines at the same time is safe, effective and more convenient for parents", a spokesman for the Department of Health revealed.

Source: Medindia

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