Rubella vaccine introduction Laos 6

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Dr. Phounphenjhack Kongxay, Lao's Deputy Manager of the national immunization programme, immunises a girl in Don Thalat school in the Champasack District of Southern Laos. A recent survey in Laos showed that 35% of girls aged 15-19 had no immunity against rubella, he said. Rubella infection in pregnant women can cause severe birth disorders in newborns such as heart disease, blindness, and deafness.

CREDIT: The Measles Initiative/C. McNab/2011

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6 million

Approximately six million future deaths averted from hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type B, measles, pertussis, pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea and yellow fever since GAVI's launch in 2000.

WHO Department of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals’ estimates and projections, as of October 2013

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