advertisement
04 September 2009

Catch up on child immunisations

Children who have missed some immunisations will be able to catch up on these next week during a child health campaign, the City of Johannesburg health department said.

0

Children who have missed some immunisations will be able to catch up on these next week during a child health campaign, the City of Johannesburg health department said.

Children between 12 and 59 months will also be given Vitamin A and de-worming tablets, departmental spokesman Nkosinathi Nkabinde said, adding that children between six and 59 months could have their nutritional state assessed.

The campaign runs from Monday to September 20.

"The... department requests parents, care-givers, educators amongst others to take full advantage of this campaign and help reverse preventable deaths among children and infants."

Member of the mayoral committee for health will visit clinics around the city and people from the department will visit day care centres and pre-schools to ensure as many children as possible take advantage of the services offered during the campaign.

Nutritional assessments to take place too
Vitamin A is essential for eye health and the proper functioning of the immune system. A chewable de-worming tablet would be given to children to control and reduce diseases accompanying worm infestation.

"All children visiting the posts will be assessed for their nutritional status."

Nkabinde said the mid upper arm circumference would be measured and children requiring further care would be referred to appropriate health workers.

Children's clinic cards will also be checked. "If any immunisation was missed, then it will be given at the [campaign] post."

Parents needed to sign consent forms and give them in at day care and preschools so that their children could receive the services. They should also bring their children's clinic cards to record the immunisation and administration of Vitamin A. – (Sapa, September 2009)

Read more:
New vaccines to reduce child deaths

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More:

ChildNews
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Are you sure? »

Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders?

Are you really constipated?

Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc.

True of False? »

SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body

Stop believing these 10 allergy myths

Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.