1,600 children not vaccinated last year


KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry has traced nearly 1,600 children who did not receive their vaccinations last year compared with 1,500 in 2015, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Its deputy minister, Dr Hilmi Yahya, said these children were in several states, including Perak, Kedah, Pahang, Kelantan and Selangor.

“However, 95% of the children in the country have been vaccinated and the number is considered high and in accordance with World Health Organisation standards,” he said.

He was replying to Kamarul Baharin Abbas (PKR-Teluk Kemang), who wanted to know what the health ministry was doing to disseminate vaccine-related information to the public.

Hilmi said the ministry had launched various initiatives to boost public confidence in vaccines, including the 2016-2020 immunisation promotion programme and awareness campaigns, talks and workshops on vaccinations, and publishing articles which were distributed to health clinics nationwide.

“The ministry, in collaboration with the Malaysian Paediatric Association, has since 2013 developed and maintained the ‘Immunise For Life’ website aimed at promoting immunisation to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases.