Azerbaijan imports vaccines from WHO-recommended countries: Health Ministry

Azerbaijan imports vaccines from WHO-recommended countries: Health Ministry
# 20 December 2016 11:05 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan imports vaccines from countries recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), an official of the Health Ministry told reporters on Tuesday.

The WHO has strict control over widely-used vaccines, ministry official Polad Hajibalayev said, noting that vaccines too have to be state-registered.

“A 5-year registration document is given for them. Like other medicines, vaccines also have to be documented when being imported. They must have an instruction sheet and packaging,” he said.

Hajibalayev added that sometimes vaccines imported from India are poor in quality.

“Despite some low quality products, there are in fact good vaccine manufacturers in India. Unlike other medicines, vaccines are some biological liquid. There are many factors suggesting they have some side effects, though. Genetic factor can also play a role,” he said.

Ulduz Eyvazova, an expert in registration of medicines, said some parents begin to worry when they notice their children have symptoms of cold after being vaccinated.

“They think vaccines develop side effects if they’re old, while in fact children are vaccinated in order get over infectious illnesses without much severity. A child’s body develops antibodies against these illnesses. Post-vaccination experiences are not side effects. It’s normal,” she added.

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