831,000 women set for tetanus vaccine

A woman receives vaccination. Those targeted for tetenus vaccination are in 11 counties — Kilifi, Mombasa, Meru, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Baringo, West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu and Narok — which have been marked as high-risk areas, where women are likely to contract tetanus and transmit it to unborn babies. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The Catholic Church had opposed the vaccine, claiming it has been laced with an antigen that could cause sterility in women and had threatened to rally its members in boycotting it.
  • There will be 20,000 vaccination centres with about 42,000 health workers and 24,000 volunteers.

At least 831,000 girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 are targeted for the third dose of tetanus vaccine during a campaign to be rolled out Monday.

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