1 Apr 2010

Fiji plans vaccinations to fight typhoid

6:28 pm on 1 April 2010

Fiji's ministry of health is planning a vaccination campaign against typhoid-fever following an outbreak this year.

Two more people have been confirmed with typhoid over the past weeks in Fiji, bringing the total number to 116 since early this year.

The country was in the midst of a typhoid outbreak when cyclone Tomas struck, and the ministry health was concerned about a possible rapid rise in numbers, which has not happened so far.

The public health director, Dr Jo Koroivueta, says they have developed a number of strategies to help prevent a further rise.

"We're going to introduce a typhoid vaccination, we've already identified who's going to get it and we also have a deployment plan including resources. That will start in a months time. We're going to [give it to] 10,000 people and then in the next [phase] we're going to roll it out to 30,000."

Jo Koroivueta says this also includes antibiotics and raising community awareness, including hygiene education.