Togo includes Pentavalent vaccine in immunisation programme

04/07/2008
Togo includes Pentavalent vaccine in immunisation programme

The new vaccine "Pentavalent", now included in the extended Immunisation Programme (EIP) in Togo, was officially launched on Thursday in Tindjassé, a district in the North-western part of the country bordering Ghana.

The vaccine is a compound of antigens against five diseases: diphteria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and B-strain meningitis influenza.The health ministry said the vaccine would help immunise a least 8O% of children against preventable diseases through vaccination before they reach age 1.

It said the benefit includes rendering unnecessary repeated injections and consultations in health centres and hospitals.

 

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