Every child and adolescent in Fiji will have the chance to be protected against meningococcal C after a recent outbreak of the disease, with the Government of Fiji’s vaccination campaign set to launch today supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization (WHO).
This country-wide mass vaccination campaign aims to vaccinate up to 325,000 children and adolescents against meningococcal C disease – the age group most at risk of getting the disease.
“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is committed to the rollout of this mass vaccination campaign to protect every child and adolescent between one and 19 years in Fiji against meningococcal disease. We appreciate the support from all our partners to undertake this campaign, and encourage all parents and guardians to have their children immunized for the benefit of the entire community,” said the Minister for Health in Fiji, Rosy Akbar.
In late March, Fiji declared an outbreak of meningococcal disease following an increase in cases. From 1 January to 22 April 2018, there has been 58 confirmed and suspected patients reported and tragically four lives have been lost to this deadly disease.
Children and adolescents in Fiji have been most affected by the disease.
To date 100 per cent of patients have been 19 years of age or under, with the largest proportion of cases under 5 years of age.
This is why the Ministry, with support from UNICEF and WHO, is aiming to vaccinate all children and adolescents in Fiji between the ages of one and 19 years.