Yellow Fever vaccination campaign launched in Sunyani

The Ghana Health Services has launched this year’s sub-national Yellow Fever vaccination exercise in Sunyani.

The exercise starts on Wednesday 28 to Tuesday December 4, 2018.

About 5,747 health workers, 17,000 volunteers and 958 supervisors are standing-by to ensure that 5,364,272 people aged ten to 60 years are vaccinated during the exercise which would be undertaken in 65 districts in nine regions.

The Upper West region is the only region which will not be covered because the entire region has already been taken care of.

Speaking at the launch, the National Co-ordinator of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), Dr. George Bonsu said the vaccination exercise would cover people whose ages range from ten to 60 excluding pregnant women.

He stressed that vaccination is free and that under no circumstance should anyone pay any amount in order to be vaccinated.

According to Dr. Bonsu, there has been 962 confirmed cases of the Yellow fever disease in nine countries over the last three years. The affected countries include Angola, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, Surinam, French Guiana and China.

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare called on all stakeholders to get on board to make this year’s vaccination exercise a success.

He also added his voice on the need for people to avoid making any payments to anyone to be vaccinated.

Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Martin Oti Gyarko hoped that this year’s exercise would record at least 95% coverage and appealed to chiefs and queens to lead the campaign in educating the public about the exercise.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

For most people, one dose of the vaccine provides long-lasting protection.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), infants younger than 6 months of age should not get the vaccine. In addition, anyone with a severe allergy to any part of the vaccine, including eggs, chicken proteins, or gelatin should not get the vaccine. Anyone who has had a severe reaction to a previous dose of yellow fever vaccine should not be vaccinated again.

If you have any of the following conditions, speak to your healthcare provider to help you decide whether you can safely receive the vaccine:

  • HIV/AIDS or other disease that affects the immune system
  • Weakened immune system as a result of cancer or other medical conditions, transplant, or drug treatment (such as steroids, chemotherapy, or others that affect immune function)
  • Thymus disorder
  • Adults 60 years of age and older
  • Infants 6 – 8 months of age
  • Pregnant women and nursing mothers

Reactions to yellow fever vaccine are generally mild. They can include mild headaches, muscle aches, and low-grade fevers.

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a virus that is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Initial symptoms of yellow fever include sudden onset of fever, chills, severe headache, back pain, general body aches, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and weakness.

No specific treatments have been found to help patients with yellow fever. If possible, patients with yellow fever should be hospitalized for treatment of their symptoms and closely observed by healthcare workers. Rest, fluids, and use of pain medications and fever-reducing medications may relieve symptoms of fever and aching. Certain medications should be avoided, such as aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen and naproxen), because these may increase the risk for bleeding