Quarterly Report May 2018
Among children from birth to 11 months: 93% received the BCG vaccine; 93% the third dose of Polio Vaccine; 93% the third dose of the Diphtheria Pertussis Tetanus (DPT) Vaccine; 93% Hepatitis B Vaccine; 93% Haemophilus Influenzae Type B.
For children 12-23 months: 95% received the first Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and 95% received the second dose of MMR. This is the first time that MMR vaccination coverage reached the targeted 95% vaccination coverage since 2003.
Jamaica meets all but one vaccination target
ISLANDWIDE, all targets of the seven mandatory vaccinations for children, except one, have been met.
The data, which was provided by the Ministry of Health in its April Vitals quarterly publication, show that in 2016, for children between birth and 11 months, 96 per cent received the BCG (Bacillus Calmette Guerin — the tuberculosis vaccine); 99 per cent received the third dose of the polio vaccine; 99 per cent got the third dose of the DPT — diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus (lock-jaw) vaccine; 98 per cent received the Hepatitis B vaccine; and 99 per cent got HiB — Haemophilus influenza B (Meningitis vaccine).
The ministry maintained that immunisation will continue to be a high-priority programme for the Government of Jamaica and that ensuring all children are adequately immunised, according to the national schedule, is the responsibility of all Jamaicans.
Jamaica achieves highest vaccination coverage
Jamaica has achieved its highest vaccination coverage over the past six years.
According to recent data, the vaccination of at least 95 per cent of the population is required to protect against vaccine preventable diseases.
Information from the Health Ministry for 2016, shows that for children between birth and 11 months: 96 per cent received the BCG Vaccine; 99 per cent received the third dose of the Polio Vaccine while the third dose of the Diphtheria Pertussis Tetanus (DPT) Vaccine was given to 99 per cent, 98 per cent of the children received the Hepatitis B Vaccine.