Uganda currently has 13 immunisable diseases. The introduction of the yellow fever vaccine will bring the number to 14. Last year, Rubella was introduced. The vaccine is being introduced following a Yellow fever outbreak that has so far claimed three lives
Fever vaccination will be included in the routine immunization schedule.
to the Ministry of Health, following the recently declared yellow fever
outbreak in the country, government plans to introduce vaccination later this
The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says that government will request GAVI the Vaccine Alliance for yellow fever to be added onto the
routine immunization schedule.
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When introduced, the vaccine will be administered to children at the age of 9 months.
So far, 18 countries in the world have introduced the vaccine among their
routine immunization schedule. Five of these are in Africa.
Dr Yonas T
Woldermariam, the World Health Organisation Country Representative says the
process of getting the vaccine approved might last take as long as six months.
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Currently due to limited supply, it costs 80,000 shillings on average for
someone to get the yellow fever vaccine from an accredited health facility.
says that once the vaccine is introduced in the routine schedule, the cost of
vaccination will reduce.
is high because the vaccine is produced in very small quantities and the people
who carry out vaccination import it in small numbers. However when the vaccine
is brought, it will reduce the price since people will be getting it free of
charge,” Dr Aceng said.
Uganda has carried out large Yellow Fever campaigns that have according to the
health ministry led to the immunization of over one million people within
Kampala and its surrounding areas.
introduction of the vaccine on the schedule will spread the immunity of the
Dr Alfred Driwale, the programme manager of the Uganda National Expanded Programme
on Immunization says that while the campaigns have been effective, they have
concentrated more on the population within Kampala.
“Previous efforts have been centred mainly in Kampala leaving out other parts
of the country that equally need the vaccine. We believe we shall be able to
cover the entire country and eliminate yellow fever when it is introduced in
the schedule because more people will be able to get the vaccine,” Dr Driwale
Uganda currently has 13 immunisable diseases. The introduction of the yellow
fever vaccine will bring the number to 14 after the introduction of Rubella.