Health Ministry to see whether pneumococcal vaccine should be included in NIP


The Health Ministry is mulling over the possible inclusion of the pneumococcal (PnD) vaccine into the National Immunisation Programme (NIP), said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.

He said his ministry is conducting a study and that he would bring it up with the ministry´s Public Health Department and if the study finds that there is a need, the ministry will include it in the NIP.

"So far, there is no need to include the vaccine in the NIP and we will conduct a comprehensive study to see if there is and to see if there are many cases involving pneumococcal disease, and if there is a need for the ministry to list it in the NIP.

"At present, under the NIP, every child, starting from newborn babies, will get various vaccinations to prevent 13 dangerous diseases, and each year the federal government spends RM120 million for this programme, " he said.