Typhoid Conjugate Vaccination campaign continues in Karachi

KARACHI:The Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV) campaign resumed here Monday for another six days in Karachi with the motive to cover children who may not have received the life saving vaccine.

The province-wide campaign conducted from November 18 to 30, as a catch-up exercise for typhoid fever, is claimed to had successfully covered more than 90% of the 10.1 million targeted children, aged between 9 months to 15 years. Besides school coverage for vaccination all major government and private hospitals are also providing free vaccination to the eligible children, a senior official associated with Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) for Sindh told reporter. “Community based vaccinators working as front line workers are supporting us by referring missed children” he said in reply to a question mentioning that District Health Officers are continuing with TCV exercise in low performing areas. Vaccinators and skilled lady health workers were claimed to be deployed for conducting outreach sessions in the community whereas EPI fixed centres are also administering the TCV to the kids being brought from 9 am to 4 pm. Officials of the Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (MMIDSP) supporting the school vaccination campaign with Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine, said this was important to contain rapid spread of the infection putting children’s life at risk. It was reiterated that vaccine was safe and effective, however, like all injectable vaccines can cause local pain and transient, self-limiting fever. MMIDSP office bearers said XDR Salmonella typhi causing the deadly disease has been responsible for around 10,000 cases of typhoid over the last 2 years in Pakistan, affecting all age groups but mainly young children.