By Nigar Abbasova
Azerbaijan is planning to introduce vaccination programs against chicken pox, meningitis and rotaviral infection in the future.
Nasib Guliyev the head pediatrician of the Health Ministry said that the ministry continuously works on the introduction of new types of vaccines.Main objective of vaccination is interruption of indigenous transmission of the diseases in the country.
Purchase of vaccines in the country is provided at high level, every area and region in the country has its own vaccination stations. Vaccination in the country is run within the national immunization schedule. The Health Ministry uses electronic services to provide citizens with the information about the schedule of immunization. Vaccines are imported into Azerbaijan through UNICEF since 2014.
Children can be vaccinated in private clinics upon the will of their parents while obligatory vaccines in Azerbaijan are free of charge and administered in state clinics.
Guliyev also underlined that the exact date of introducing new vaccines is yet to be defined because some vaccines are not perfect. “Therefore we are waiting for the creation of improved vaccines which do not cause any complications,” he said.
Children in Azerbaijan are currently vaccinated against 11 infectious diseases. These include Hepatitis B (jaundice), tuberculosis and poliomyelitis pertussis, tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, and Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis. The vaccine will be the twelfth in the succession in the list of vaccines used in the country.
Guliyev also mentioned that the ministry is currently working over upgrade of the vaccine against rotaviral infection. The use of vaccine is practiced neither in Azerbaijan nor in other countries due to certain complications it causes.
Vaccination is considered to be one of the greatest contributions of medicine to reduce global child mortality. The government takes steps in order to ensure public health protection and well-being of the people.
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