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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
19-November-2010 15:11 IST
Proper Testing of Vaccines
Vaccines for measles, polio drops and other diseases such as TT, DPT, BCG and Hep-B procured under Routine Immunization Programme are supplied to Government Medical Store Depots (GMSDs) and States after undergoing mandatory quality test by Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli. Only those vaccines are supplied which pass this mandatory test.

The polio vaccine and tetanus vaccine have been introduced in 1978 under the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI). There is no record available suggesting that these two vaccines were introduced after conducting epidemiological and cost benefit testing. Influenza vaccine is not under the National Immunization Programme. At present, as per recommendation of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), newer or combination vaccines are to be enrolled in National Immunization Programme based on epidemiological data.

This information was given by Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question raised in Lok Sabha today.