KCCA Launches Free Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign

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At the KCCA clinic multiple doses of the vaccine including the Yellow Fever Card go for 48,000 UGX. One needs additional 2000 UGX for bank charges when taking the vaccine at the council clinic.

Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has launched a drive to vaccinate freely 1200 people against yellow fever. The move is aimed at discouraging city dwellers against obtaining yellow fever cards without undergoing the actual vaccination. Yellow fever is transmitted by an infected female mosquito.  Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi all fall under the Yellow Fever belt, where the disease is endemic.
 
The World Health Organisations-WHO international regulations require travelers to endemic zones to get a yellow fever vaccine 10 days before travel. Jonathan Kyeyune, the KCCA’s Public and Cooperate Communications Manager says that, the drive will alleviate part of the vaccine costs.

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At the KCCA clinic multiple doses of the vaccine including the Yellow Fever Card go for 48,000 UGX. One needs additional 2000 UGX for bank charges when taking the vaccine at the council clinic. A single dose is 100,000 UGX inclusive of an international certificate of vaccination.

The Certificate becomes valid 10 days after the vaccination and expires after 10 years. Flavia Okecho one of the 12 National Basket Ball players who received the vaccine before a tournament in Tanzania says she now feels secure travelling across borders.

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KCCA’s Public Health Acting Director, Dr. Okello Ayen explains that most cases of yellow fever are mild and similar to influenza. The disease presents with fever, headache, nausea, muscle pain and prominent backache. Severe fever causes hepatitis and bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes and or stomach. It could also lead to death within 10-14 days. Dr. Okello says that obtaining a Yellow Fever card without vaccination is a health risk.

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The vaccine can be administered to persons of 9 and above months, living or traveling to Yellow Fever infected areas. In August last year, cases of yellow Fever were reported in Kabale and Agago Districts.