Vaccine reduces pneumonia cases sharply in past 6 years - Report
SEE ALSO :Juventus coach Sarri has pneumoniaIn 2011, with support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Kenya became one of the first countries in Africa to introduce the pneumonia vaccine and the first country in Africa to introduce the national childhood immunization schedule as a three-dose series administered at 6, 10, and 14 weeks. The introduction of the vaccine, it is noted, reduced cases of pneumonia by 92 per cent in children below five years. Those between 5 years and 14 years reduced by 81 per cent within the period. The jab also led to a 27 per cent reduction in childhood hospital admissions with clinically-defined pneumonia and a 48 per cent reduction in childhood hospital admissions with radiologically confirmed pneumonia. In the report, it is noted that coverage of vaccines has been exemplary and increased with time. By 2011, campaigns saw an uptake of the vaccine by 80 per cent, among children between 2–11-month- old infants and 84 per cent by the end of 2016. Coverage on vaccines on children between 12–59-month-old infants was 66 per cent by the end of 2011 and went up to 87 per cent by the end of 2016.
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