Immunisation urged for HIV positive children

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Western Cape Health Department Monday called for all children, even if they be HIV positive, to be immunised against major vaccine-preventable diseases.
"Immunisation remains the cornerstone of child health and no child should be denied the benefit of it," read the core message of an Immunisation Awareness Campaign that rolled off Monday at the start of the National Immunisation Week running concurrently with the Child Week.
The operation is in line with a World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended immunisation schedule whereby children are routinely vaccinated against diseases like tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, haemophilus influenza type B (HIB) and hepatitis B.
The country's Health Department, in conjunction with provincial departments, also runs an Expanded Programme on Immunisation using vaccines of the highest quality.
Many parents believe that immunisation is not recommended for HIV positive children, and some think that infectious diseases are just a normal part of growing up.
But the Western Cape Health Department insists that while many childhood diseases such as polio have almost been eradicated and measles largely eliminated, immunisation forms the basic foundation of child health.

06 august 2001 19:47:00

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