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Two-week typhoid conjugate vaccine drive begins in Sindh

Two-week typhoid conjugate vaccine drive begins in Sindh
KARACHI: The government has launched a two-week typhoid conjugate vaccine drive across Sindh from today.
The campaign is scheduled to vaccinate over ten million children, aged between nine months to fifteen years.

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Earlier, Dr. Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Health had said, “We are starting with Sindh Province, where the need is most urgent.”
According to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017, around 63 percent of typhoid cases and 70 percent of typhoid deaths in Pakistan were among children younger than 15 years of age.

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Pakistan became the first country in the world to introduce the WHO recommended typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) into its routine immunization programme.
Sindh is one of the 4 provinces of Pakistan, located in the southeast of the country. 
More than 15,000 people have been affected in the current outbreak, the first-ever reported ceftriaxone-resistant typhoid outbreak. 

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Typbar-TCV is a typhoid conjugate vaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech International Limited. It contains purified Vi capsular polysaccharide of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi Ty2 conjugated to a tetanus toxoid carrier protein.
The vaccine, that confers longer-term protection against typhoid, can be administered to children as young as 6 months.

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