India planning single injection to prevent five diseases

December 19th, 2008 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India is planning to introduce a new injection to fight multiple diseases that mainly affect children below five years of age, officials said Friday. According to an official, the health ministry is considering a single shot medicine to protect children against five diseases.

“India is considering pentavalent formulations to protect children against five vaccine preventable diseases such as diptheria, pertusis, tetanus, hepatitis-B and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) by giving a single injection,” the official said.

If finalised, the effort will reduce child mortality and the shortage of immunisation medicine can be addressed to a large extent.

However, a final decision is yet to be taken.

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