MOH confirms typhoid conjugate vaccine drive is underway

The Ministry of Health has announced the arrival of the Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine, the best prevention against Typhoid Fever.
Typhoid is caused by the Salmonella Typhi bacteria.
This week, the Ministry of Health is rolling out the Typhoid Vaccination to all workplaces in the urban area for adults. Vaccination for children will be administered soon in schools and eligible populations: 1-45years.
The Typhoid Vaccination had already been administered in urban schools in the year 2020 says the Health.
Typhoid fever has been endemic on the island nation of Samoa since the 1960s and has persisted through 2019, despite economic development and improvements in water supply and sanitation, according to the Infectious Disease Society. 

Typhoid fever and paratyphoid fever have similar symptoms. People usually have a sustained fever that can be as high as 103–104°F (39–40°C). A sustained fever is a fever that does not come and go.

Other symptoms of typhoid fever and paratyphoid fever include

  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Cough
  • Loss of appetite