SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

WHO sends oral cholera vaccine to Iraq

WHO sends oral cholera vaccine to Iraq | Courtesy of harvard.edu
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently sent 510,000 doses of the oral cholera vaccine to Iraq to help maintain the upper hand over the cholera outbreak.

Approximately 250,000 displaced persons are the target for the new oral cholera vaccine campaign. They live throughout 62 camps dedicated to internally displaced persons and refugees. The goal is to stabilize and maintain control over the cholera outbreak. Active herd immunity requires that all family members older than 1-year old receive their vaccinations.

There are now 14 governorates involved in the campaign, which is almost finished in its preparation phase. The first round of vaccines will take place through Saturday. At a minimum interval of 14 days, there will be a second round of doses which ends the vaccine campaign.

The campaign will only be successful if both doses are received. Campaign logistics, targeted social mobilization, and health education are also important parts of the strategy for success with the campaign. The supplies will be sent mostly to areas that are considered at the highest risk for the disease. These efforts are part of a strategy to stop the outbreak before it becomes large-scale.

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