Health Ministry open to idea of making two of 12 vaccines compulsory

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 7 Mar 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Health Ministry is prepared to consider a proposal of the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) to make at least two of the 12 vaccines under the National Immunisation Programme compulsory.

Its Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, said the proposal requiring the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella as well as diphtheria vaccine will be finalised soon.

“The proposal we obtained will take into consideration making one or two vaccines compulsory in which we could prevent six to seven types of diseases,” he told the media after opening the 2019 Malaysia Health Conference at Hotel Istana on Thursday (March 7).

He said at the moment, the ministry had mobilised a taskforce to study all proposals in the effort to make immunisation compulsory for all children in the country. – Bernama