Vitamin D deficiency and prevention: Turkish experience

Hatun S., Ozkan B., BEREKET A.

ACTA PAEDIATRICA, vol.100, pp.1195-1199, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 100 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02383.x
  • Title of Journal : ACTA PAEDIATRICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.1195-1199


A nationwide 'vitamin D prophylaxis augmentation programme' initiated in 2005 in Turkey reduced the prevalence of rickets from 6% in 1998 to 0.1% in 2008 in children under 3 years of age. The programme included free distribution of vitamin D drops to all new-borns and infants (0-12 months) visiting primary health stations throughout the country. Free disposal of vitamin D to infants is an effective strategy for preventing vitamin D-deficient rickets.