The Ministry of Health is working to add more vaccinations to the National Calendar. According to Dilorom Tursunova, deputy head of the Board of Sanitary and Epidemiological Inspection, a pneumococcal vaccine is being introduced. Every child will receive the shot three times: immunization will be administered to children at 2 months, 3 months and 12 months.
“Pneumococcal infections are a group of diseases that manifest themselves in pyoinflammatory changes in the lungs (pneumonia), in the central nervous system (meningitis), in the heart (endocarditis) and in the joints (osteomyelitis, arthritis). At the age under two, it often takes the form of meningitis, pneumonia and otitis that lead to serious complications,” commented Tursunova. “However, it’s easier to prevent a disease than to treat it. And that means children should get proper immunization shots. In the majority of children, these shots do not cause any side effects. Nor do they have contraindications.”