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India Takes Pentavalent Vaccine to 5 Million Children

Source: Hindu

03/06/2013

In India, approximately 5 million children received a pentavalent vaccine in just over a year, protecting them against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type b in one shot. “This will bring down child mortality and morbidity drastically,” says Ajay Khera, Deputy Commissioner, Child Health and Immunisation, Ministry of Health. The five-in-one vaccine was introduced in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in late 2011, and it has since been expanded to include a number of other states.



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