The Government of Nigeria will launch a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever on Thursday (January 25) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners.
More than 25 million people will be vaccinated throughout 2018, in the largest yellow fever vaccination drive in the country’s history. The immunization plan is part of efforts to eliminate yellow fever epidemics globally by 2026. The preventive campaign will use vaccines funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and will be supported by UNICEF. It will begin on 25 January in Kogi, Kwara and Zamfara states, and then move to Borno state where the campaign will focus on camps for internally displaced persons and surrounding host communities. More than 8.6 million people will be vaccinated in the four states in the coming days.
Yellow fever is a vaccine-preventable
acute viral haemorrhagic disease
transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
The current yellow fever outbreak in
Nigeria began in Ifelodun, Kwara.