Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Doctors lack vaccines

THERE has been a shortage of supply in vaccines necessary for vaccinating children younger than one year of age for at least the past six months.

Illustrative stock photo(Source: SME)

Paediatricians therefore are unable to vaccinate children or have to postpone the fixed dates of vaccine schedules. The areas worst affected are the west, south and east of Slovakia, the Sme daily reported.

As a result, infants may become seriously ill, says Martin Olej, the Health Ministry’s expert in the welfare of children and young adults.

The problem came to light in spring earlier this year, Olej told Sme.

The problems are for instance with the priorix vaccine which is used against measles, mumps and rubella, and also infarinx-hexa against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B and invasive Haemophilus influenzae infections.

Most of the vaccines in short supply are produced by British company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The reason for the shortage of vaccines may be due to the increased demand for them throughout Europe, said Pavol Trnovec, corporate affairs director at GSK. The same says the Health Ministry.

Another reason may be the sale of vaccines abroad, the Slovak Chamber of Pharmacists head Ondrej Sukeľ told Sme. Some pharmacies and distributors sell the vaccines to receive more money, according to the daily.

Hedviga Horváthová of Phoenix, one of the biggest medicine distributors in Slovakia, rejected this accusation, claiming that they meet the demands of pharmacies.

Topic: Health care


Top stories

EC: Focus on education and labour market

Some recommendations remain the same as last year.

Illustrative stock photo

No Slovaks among the victims of Manchester attack so far

The representatives of Slovakia have expressed their sympathy to the families of the victims.

Police guard close to the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain, on May 23, 2017, a day after an explosion.

Slovak paralympic athletes win gold and bronze at World Championship

Three Slovaks became world champions in table tennis in the TM2 category at the World Paralympic Championship in Bratislava.

L-R: Ján Riapoš, Martin Ludrovský in the Slovakia-Taiwan match at the paralympic world championship, May 19.

It's not your Slovakia, Bystrica protesters told Kotleba

President Andrej Kiska spoke to the crowd at the protest gathering, asking Slovaks what kind of country they want to have.