Ministry of Health and Family Welfare25-April, 2013 11:35 IST
Pentavalent Vaccination Drive

The Pentavalent vaccination drive for infants under the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) of Government of India has been started in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Puducherry.

The vaccine is given at the age of 6 weeks, 10 weeks & 14 weeks of age to infants (total 3 doses). Pentavalent vaccine protects against Diphtheria- Pertusis-Tetanus, Hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenza-B.

Pentavalent Vaccine is provided as commodity assistance by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) through UNICEF.

Several states like Assam, Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have made request to the Government of India for introduction of Pentavalent vaccine in their state. However, no decision has been taken by the Government in this regard.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Shri Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

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