200 children to get free vaccines against pneumococcal diseases

Friday, July 10, 2009
Issue 758, Page 5
Word count: 298
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

About 200 two to six years old children from grass-root families will be able to receive free pneumococcal conjugate vaccines offered by the Macao Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM) this month.

Applications are already open in various FAOM community centres and places are on a first-come first-served basis.

The first 200 children who meet the age requirement will be scheduled to receive pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in FAOM medical centres.

The project was organised by FAOM and co-organised by the Macao Association of Medical Volunteers.

Prompted by the spread of Influenza A (H1N1), the organisers said experts believed that if children could receive vaccines against the pneumococcal diseases before the pandemic occurred in Macau, it could help minimise their risks of death and hospitalisation due to bacterial infections.

At the same time, some research pointed out that pneumococcal diseases are found to be very common among children, especially in the two to six year old age group.

In addition, about 500 gift bags with each containing four face masks, a 60 ml of no-rinse hand sanitiser and an orange will be given away to the three FAOM day care centres, in a bid to raise parents’ awareness of personal hygiene and strengthening immune systems.

The FAOM said in yesterday’s press conference that its medical centres will comply with the government’s plan when the first batch of influenza H1N1 vaccines is expected to arrive in Macau in September.

Deputy director of the Workers’ Medical Centres Ao Chi Ieong also said that H1N1 and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines can be received at the same time.

Chairman of the Macao Association of Medical Volunteers, Dr. Pai Ki Man, reminded residents of the importance of maintaining personal and environmental hygiene, keeping a healthy lifestyle and also disposing used face masks in a proper place.


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