The Ministry of Health and Child Care has announced the introduction of the typhoid conjugate vaccine for children under 15 years of age. Zimbabwe is the second African country, after Liberia, to launch the vaccine. The vaccine is introduced when Zimbabwe has recorded cases of typhoid in recent years. Pindula News presents the ministry’s statement in full below.
The Government launched vaccination campaign starting from 24 May up to 4 June 2021 to provide catch up Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine vaccination for over 6 million children aged 9 months to below 15 years in line with recommendations from global and local immunisation experts.The children are receiving Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine through routine immunisation at 9 months of age. This will significantly reduce the number of children susceptible to Typhoid with government’s agenda to eliminate Typhoid and other outbreak prone diseases like Cholera.
Outbreaks since late 2016 have significantly increased the burden of typhoid in Zimbabwe over the past few years. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, Zimbabwe recorded 2,920 cases.In 2017, the Government of Zimbabwe recorded: 3,806 typhoid cases or around 23 cases per 100,000 population; and 6 typhoid deaths.
WHO in March 2018 recommended that typhoid-endemic countries introduce prequalified TCVs into routine childhood immunization programs as a single dose for infants and children over 6 months of age, accompanied by catch-up vaccination campaigns for children up to 15 years of age, where feasible.Zimbabwe is one of the first countries in the African region to take the bold step of introducing Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine into routine immunization-only coming second to Liberia which introduced the Vaccine this April.
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