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Sources in the Health Department informed Pakistan Today that the first vaccine of diphtheria is given to children aged 6 to 14 weeks, while the second dose is given at the age of 22 months.
The first suspected case of diphtheria was reported in November at a Doctors Without clinic in Cox's Bazar, The infection is spread person to person, often from or sneezes.
Stationed across three diphtheria treatment centres, the 40-strong UK aid-funded EMT prescribed precautionary antibiotics to the displaced men, women and children suspected to have the disease.
He said over 50 diphtheria cases have surfaced in the area during the last three days.
Left unchecked, diphtheria can cause devastating epidemics, mainly affecting children," Jasarevic told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email.
12 ( ANI ): The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border.
10 people received vaccinations against poliomyelitis, 22 - against rubella and diphtheria tetanus vaccine.
Molecular epidemiology can be used for investigating diphtheria case clusters in the postvaccine era to improve our understanding of patterns of transmission and spread of epidemic clones.
A single dose of Quadracel vaccine is approved for use in children four through six years of age as a fifth dose in the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccination (DTaP) series, and as a fourth or fifth dose in the inactivated poliovirus vaccination (IPV) series, in children who have received four doses of Pentacel and/or DAPTACEL (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed), stated the company.
It's worth mentioning here that deadly Diphtheria virus took several lives in North Waziristan, District Lakki Marwat and FR Bannu and adjusting areas.
About nine children were killed due to diphtheria within the last two weeks and 14 were infected with this deadly disease.

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