25th September 07:01 AM
80,000 children aged from 1-19 yrs have received the Meningococcal vaccination
By Jessica Savike
Saturday 09/06/2018

80,000 children aged from 1-19 years have received the Meningococcal vaccination across the Central Division and Ra Sub-Division.

The National Meningococcal Immunisation Program is in its 4th week and the Ministry’s Immunisation team has achieved 100 percent visitations to all schools in the Ra‑Subdivision and 89 percent visitations to schools in the Central Division.    

The Men‑C immunisation programme aims to immunise all children and teenagers in Fiji free of cost and is being delivered at schools, kindergartens, health centres and nursing stations across Fiji.

This program began in the Central Division and Ra Subdivision on 14th May and will continue until the 29th of this month.

The immunisation campaign is expected to be rolled out in the Eastern, Northern and Western Divisions in the coming months and the shipment of the next round of 200,000 doses is for the remaining 320,000 children who are yet to be immunised.

Parents who are yet to give consent for their children to be immunised are reminded that Meningicoccal disease is a deadly disease and it’s in the best interest of the children that they get immunised.

Men‑C is treatable when caught in its early stages and the symptoms are sudden fever, vomiting, headache, stiff neck/backache, nausea, eyes get sensitive to light, confusion, and in the final stages of the disease, a red/purple rash can be seen on the skin.

Pacific Specialist Healthcare
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