Rubella vaccine introduction Laos 6

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Rubella 6

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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1.5 million

In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children died before the age of five. WHO estimates that 1.5 million of these deaths are due to vaccine-preventable diseases.

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