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VACCINATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN KAMPALA AND THE SURROUNDING DISTRICTS AGAINST HEPATITIS B

Issue Date: 18th, August 2017   

UGCOA2Telegram:     “EDUCATION”                                        Ministryof Education and Sports

Telephone:234451/8                                            EmbassyHouse

Fax: 234920                                                          P.O.Box 7063

                                                                              E-Mail:permasec@education.go.ug

                                                                                                                     Website: www.education.go.ug

In any correspondence on                                                                      Kampala,Uganda

this subject please quote: ADM/315/01 

                                                                  CIRCULAR

18thAugust 2017

AllChief Administrative Officers

AllDistrict Education Officers

AllDistrict Inspectors of Schools

VACCINATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN INKAMPALA AND THE SURROUNDING DISTRICTS AGAINST HEPATITIS B

TheMinistry has learnt that some Primary School Headteachers especially in Kampalaand the surrounding Districts have been working with Private- For-Profit healthfacilitates to request parents to pay for vaccination of their children againstHepatitis B.  This is wrong and muststop.

Wehave been advised that the Hepatitis B antigen was introduced in the routineimmunization schedule of the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization(UNEPI) in June 2002.  It is contained inthe DPT + Heb + HIP Pentavalent vaccine that is administered at childhood inthree doses at 6, 10 and 14 weeks.  The childrenwho completed this immunization schedule are therefore fully protected.  This cohort of children is up to 15 years ofage now.  The Ministry of Health hasassured us that to date, there is no evidence that a booster dose is requiredsince the early childhood doses offer lifelong immunity.

Asalready stated above therefore, Headteachers should with immediate effect stopthis practice.  Other than unnecessarilyincreasing the financial burden to parents, the practice exposes children to unwarrantedrisks of injections.  The Ministry howeverencourages schools to liaise with recognized Public Health facilities andDistrict Health Offices nearest to them to arrange for vaccination againstother targeted vaccine preventable diseases that are in the recommendedimmunization schedule of UNEPI eg. HPV. These vaccines are available at no charge.

AllCAOs, DEOs and DISs are requested to circularize the contents of this circularto all Primary School Headteachers in your areas and ensure compliance.

 

AlexKakooza

PERMANENT SECRETARY

C.C.     The First Lady and Ministerof Education and Sports

C.C.     All Ministers of Statefor Education and Sports

C.C.     The Permanent Secretary, Ministryof Health

C.C.     All Resident DistrictCommissioners

C.C.     The Director BasicSecondary Education

C.C.     The Commissioner, HealthServices, NCDC


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