YEREVAN, June 16. / ARKA /. Armenian health ministry said it is going to launch a mandatory national campaign of vaccination against pneumococcal infection from September 1, 2014.
The statement was made following a meeting on the epidemiology and vaccination against pneumococcal diseases.
Pneumonia and other respiratory diseases cause the death of more than 2 million children a year. According to experts, one of the main causes of infant death is a viral pneumonia, caused by pneumococcal pathogen. It is also the cause of other infectious diseases in particular, meningitis and bacteremia, especially in infants and the elderly.
According to deputy health minister Sergei Khachatryan, new vaccinations have had positive results, cutting, particularly, the cases of meningitis and rotavirus infections.
"We expect that vaccination against pneumococcal will cut further the cases of pneumonia and meningitis," he said.
According to the ministry of health, the mortality rate of babies under one year has slashed by 16 percent over the past three years. In 2013 the mortality rate among children under 1 year was 9.8 cases per 100 thousand children, in 2012 this figure was 10.7, and in 2011 - 11.6. -0 –