Mumps vaccine in NIP from mid-2011
Jan 30, 2011 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The mumps vaccine will be included into the National Immunization Program (NIP) from mid 2011, said Health Ministry Consultant Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Peiris. He was addressing a public seminar on Vaccines at the Public Library Auditorium yesterday.
This vaccine will be introduced as a combine vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR). The MMR vaccine will be given free of charge to all children in the country under the NIP. NIP covers only mumps and rubella. The MMR contains two injections and the first one should be given when a child completes one year. The Health Ministry has still not decided on the age limit for the second injection. There are 70 infectious diseases for humans. High quality vaccines have been introduced to immune 32 such diseases. The NIP will include immunization for 12 such diseases with the new addition.