Most Chinese children vaccinated, epidemic diseases at record low

17:04, June 01, 2011      

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The vaccination rate for children aged less than 1 year is up to 92 percent in China, according to the National Vaccination Week press conference. Since the implementation of a national immunization program, the incidence of epidemic diseases, such as measles, epidemic encephalitis, encephalitis B and hepatitis A, has dropped to the record low level.

Wang Yu, the director of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that China has seen a dramatic progress in childhood immunization with an extensive coverage of vaccination items worldwide. However, he added, there is a huge gap between China and developed countries in terms of researching and developing vaccines.

The stagnation in the development of vaccines is the result of a lack of technology innovation mechanisms that drive vaccine manufacturing enterprises to turn the public health service demand into production In addition, China continues to face challenges in reaching migrant children as well as those in remote locations.

By People's Daily Online

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