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Vaccination for kids can be available at home at the click of a button

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Kolkata: Aiming to ease the process of immunisation for busy parents, a new healthcare startup here on Thursday launched a hassle-free door-to-door vaccination service for children.

Indivac, a professional at-home vaccination service, has started providing services in Kolkata and will soon branch out to Hyderabad and other Indian states.

Onboard are a team of two paediatricians and eight trained paramedics who will take care of all aspects of the immunisation process, including any troubleshooting, said Indivac founder and CEO Amit Agarwal.

“We have seen that it becomes a concern for parents to take time out from their busy schedule to go to the physician and get their kids vaccinated. In addition, there are worries about hygiene as well. To counter all that, we are bringing trained professionals to their doorsteps at the click of a button,” said Agarwal.

In order to access, users will need to register for vaccinations via a toll-free number as well or the startup’s website.

“After logging in, they need to upload their physician’s prescriptions and vaccination card. Once our team verifies their authenticity, parents can order an injection as per their convenience. They can also track the movements of the designated paramedic,” said co-founder Alkesh Agarwal.

The web-based service will soon be integrated with a mobile app scheduled to be inaugurated in a month.

Each vaccination drive costs Rs.99 while customers get a discount of 15 percent on the vaccines procured from leading manufacturers.

Apart from the benefit of maintaining a database of medical history online, users will also get alerts for the next vaccination dose.

“The company will ensure data is protected and will also dispose of the biomedical waste in a regulated manner. We are storing the vaccines in proper portable cold chain boxes.

“Invoice is provided via mail and handed over physically to ensure transparency,” said Alkesh, adding that the number of consultant doctors and trained paramedics will also grow as they fan out.

The company, with a corpus of Rs.1 crore, is also delivering adult vaccines as well as pregnancy/IVF injections according to prescriptions, the founders said.

(IANS)

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Ethan Lindenberger testifies during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2019, to examine vaccines, focusing on preventable disease outbreaks. VOA

An Ohio teenager who defied his anti-vaccine mother and received shots against several dangerous diseases was the star witness at a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Lindenberger said he did his own research and concluded his mother is wrong in believing vaccines are unsafe and cause autism.

Sarah Myriam of New Jersey holds her daughter Aliyah, 2, as they join activists opposed to vaccinations outside a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2019.
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Lindenberger said his mother’s “love, affection and care are apparent” but said his school in Norwalk, Ohio, saw him as a “health threat” because of the danger he could become sick with a contagious disease.

He testified that his own research convinced him vaccines are safe, but still failed to convince his mother.

Without her approval, Lindenberger got himself inoculated against hepatitis, influenza, tetanus, human papillomavirus, polio, and measles, mumps and rubella.

He said his mother still turns to what he calls “illegitimate sources that instill fear into the public.”

Ethan Lindenberger shakes hands with Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., right, before the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2019, to examine vaccines.
Ethan Lindenberger shakes hands with Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., right, before the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2019, to examine vaccines. VOA

Lindenberger first made headlines late last year when he posted a message on social media saying “My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme … God knows how I’m still alive,” and asked for guidance on how to protect himself.

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He said thousands of other kids posted similar statements and said he wants youngsters to know that they do not always need their parents’ permission to get vaccinated.

Tuesday’s Senate hearing on vaccines was called, in part, to address an outbreak of measles.

There are 200 known cases in 11 states so far this year with the Pacific Northwest hardest hit. (VOA)