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Get Your Kid Registered For Free Pneumococcal Vaccine On MySejahtera

Get Your Kid Registered For Free Pneumococcal Vaccine On MySejahtera

Parents with children born between 2018 and 2019 can now register their child for the vaccine in the MySejahtera app.

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Starting 1 June this year until 31 May, 2024, MySejahtera users will be able to register their children for a free pneumococcal vaccine via the application.

According to Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa, children aged between four and five, born between 2018 and 2019, will now be eligible to receive free pneumococcal vaccinations at all Ministry of Health (MoH) primary health facilities.

The expansion of the pneumococcal immunization program aims to include children who were previously not considered part of the target group under the National Immunization Programme. 

Dr Zaliha was reported sharing this information during a press conference held after the National-Level Immunization Day 2023 celebration today.

According to Bernama, Dr Zaliha explained that children aged four and five will receive a single dose of the vaccine, as opposed to the three-dose regimen given to babies at four months, six months, and 15 months. 

Parents or guardians who wish to get their children vaccinated can choose to walk into any health or village clinic across the nation or conveniently make appointments through the MySejahtera application.

Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa

What Is The Pneumococcal Vaccine And Why Is It Important?

The pneumococcal vaccine is vital for safeguarding against Streptococcus pneumoniae, a bacterium responsible for various diseases such as pneumonia, sinus infections, middle ear infections, meningitis, and septicaemia. 

Serious complications of pneumococcal disease include hearing impairment, brain damage, and even death.

The Ministry of Health had initiated the administration of pneumococcal vaccination under the National Immunization Programme on December 1, 2020, targeting children born from January 1, 2020.

Moreover, Dr Zaliha added that in the coming year, MoH aims to vaccinate a total of 700,000 or 70 percent of one million children born between 2018 and 2019 with the pneumococcal vaccine.

Additionally, she also highlighted that the National Immunization Programme provides 11 types of vaccine products to prevent 13 vaccine-preventable diseases.

These include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Haemophilus influenzae type b, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Furthermore, the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be offered to female students aged 13 years old, while the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine will be available in Sarawak.

She also emphasized the remarkable success of the national immunization coverage for infants and children, surpassing the target set by the World Health Organization (WHO) of over 95 percent for most of the primary vaccines in the program. 

This achievement has been certified by the WHO, reflecting the effectiveness of Malaysia’s immunization efforts.

Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa

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