Open in a separate window Influenza vaccine The available vaccine in India is a killed virus vaccine to be given intramuscularly. As the influenza virus constantly mutates, a new batch is prepared every year. The vaccine becomes effective against influenza virus 2 weeks after administration. Since the peak influenza season begins in October and lasts till May, October-November are the best times to receive vaccination. Vaccination is indicated in high-risk subjects, e.
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Sir, There has been confrontation in my mind and I am sure it must be in the mind of some of our colleagues too regarding certain aspects of immunization. The confusion is not exactly regarding National Immunization Schedule but for immunization in special circumstances.
The schedule for immunization for this age group and in different circumstances is governed by two schools of thoughts. First, as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare guidelines, the upper limit for BCG vaccination is 12 months, 2 whereas the Indian Academy of Pediatrics advocates it till the age of 7 years and beyond. Fourth, 2nd dose of vitamin A is to be administered at the age of 18 months and thereafter every 6 months till the age of 5 years IAP , but according to the Child Health and Nutrition months or Bal Swasth Poshan Mah BSPM in the months of June and December, the second dose of vitamin A is to be given only in the above mentioned months, e.
Why are these two responsible bodies following two different paths when both of them are fighting the same battle and their concern is same, i.
I, being a health worker and as teacher of Community Medicine, in the light of the above mentioned differences is very often standing at an odd situation when it comes to managing immunization camps jointly by various agencies and teaching the medical undergraduates. I request the esteemed intellectuals in the field of public health and pediatrics to come forward and develop a consensus, consensus pertaining to immunization, the consensus in the interest of children and community, in general, and health workers and teachers of public health, in particular.
References 1. Mumbai: International Institute of Population Sciences; [cited in ]. National Family Health Survey, Department of Health and family welfare. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. New Delhi: Government of India; Immunization Handbook for Medical Officers. IAP Committee on Immunization Mumbai: Indian Academy of Pediatrics; IAP Guidebook on Immunization. Immunization handbook for Health workers.
Guidelines for vaccination in normal adults in India
The site contain information about the latest recommendations by the committee on different vaccines, yearly vaccination schedule, and details including agenda, proceeding, recommendations, of all the meetings conducted by the committee and its sub-committees. The site is designed to provide impetus to vaccination drive all over the country and counteract any misinformation campaign against vaccination. Resources on the website include detailed publications of the ACVIP, other useful vaccination related activities of international agencies like WHO, CDC, National Vaccine Policy, links to the key national and international websites pertaining to vaccination, and latest news items in the field of vaccination. The site also provides an opportunity to pediatricians, health care professionals and parents to directly seek opinion of the vaccine experts through direct interaction. The website also provides the general public and health professionals access to information regarding the benefits of immunization as well as information guidebooks on basic and advanced vaccinology in a free downloadable format.
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