Rubella vaccine introduction Laos 6

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Dr. Phounphenjhack Kongxay, Lao's Deputy Manager of the national immunization programme, immunises a girl in Don Thalat school in the Champasack District of Southern Laos. A recent survey in Laos showed that 35% of girls aged 15-19 had no immunity against rubella, he said. Rubella infection in pregnant women can cause severe birth disorders in newborns such as heart disease, blindness, and deafness.

CREDIT: The Measles Initiative/C. McNab/2011

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>65 million

In 2015 alone, more than 65 million children were immunised with Gavi-supported vaccines. This equates to more than over 195 million points of contact between these children and the primary health system and can provide a robust platform for other health interventions.

WHO/UNICEF 2015

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