Assam: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine launched in Tinsukia


By Avik Chakraborty


Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner Narsing Pawar, on Wednesday, launched the Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine during a function held at the Asha Griha building in Tinsukia.

The vaccine was also launched simultaneously in other districts of Assam including Dibrugarh.

"Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) can prevent Pneumococcal disease. The disease refers to any illness caused by Pneumococcal bacteria," Pawar said on the sidelines of the vaccine launch.

Pawar urged the people to come forward and get their children under the age of two vaccinated against Pneumococcal.

Giving details about the disease, Tinsukia Joint Director of Health Services, Dr Altaf Ahmed said, “Pneumococcal bacteria can cause many types of illnesses, including pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs. Pneumococcal bacteria is one of the most common causes of pneumonia.”

Similarly, Dr Romen Sonowal added that anyone can get infected with the disease but children below the age of two years are more susceptible to Pneumococcal, and adults 65 years or older, and cigarette smokers are at the highest risk.

(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)

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