Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) Dang Duc Anh said the week is carried out this month with a view to increasing the effective implementation of the national expanded vaccination against infectious diseases.
This is a practical activity to raise public awareness of the importance of vaccination and call for the involvement and investment of authorities at levels and domestic and foreign organisations, he added.
According to the NIHE, the coverage of immunisation in the first three months of 2018 was on progress. Specifically, the rate of infants receiving hepatitis B vaccines within the first 24 hours after birth was 16.9%, higher than the same period last year (16.2%).
The number of whooping cough cases in January-March was reduced in comparison to the same period in 2017. No diphtheria cases were reported in the reviewed period (five cases recorded in the first quarter of 2017).
Particularly, in February 2018, the measles-rubella vaccine produced by Vietnam was utilised for children in Nam Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Dak Nong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.
As a result, 7,787 children aged 18-24 months received vaccination and no serious reaction cases were recorded after that.
The national vaccination information management system has been operated nationwide with more than 11,000 vaccination sites at medical stations in communes and wards.
Training courses for vaccination workers were held.
The immunisation week was initiated by the World Health Organisation in 2011.
At present, 180 countries and territories have joined this event to protect the public health.