The Role Of The Expanded Programme On Immunization

BCG is not the only immunization in the EPI that may help to protect a child against TB. Measles and whooping cough lower a child's resistance to TB. So whenever you treat a child for TB, check his or her immunization record. If the child has not received scheduled immunisations, encourage the mother to bring him or her for immunizations, once symptoms of TB have resolved. WHO has collaborated with UNICEF in establishing guidelines for immunization. The recommendation is that individuals with known or suspected asymptomatic HIV infection should receive all EPI vaccines, according to national schedules.

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