Malaria vaccine for children, others with low immunity – Prof Adeleke

Malaria vaccine for children, others with low immunity – Prof Adeleke

A professor of Public Health Entomology and Parasitology, Monsuru Adeleke, of the Osun State University, has revealed that the new malaria vaccine would be administered to children between the ages of 5 through 36 months.

Malaria vaccine for children, others with low immunity – Prof Adeleke

Professor Adeleke also revealed that consideration for the vaccine would include pregnant women and immuno-compromised individuals because of the low level of their immunity.

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Recall that Nigeria became the second country after Ghana to approve the worldwide use of the malaria vaccine.

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The medical scientist, who made this known on a radio interview programme in Osogbo on Tuesday, further revealed that the vaccine is not meant for adults like the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to him, “It is meant to be administered on children. Three categories of people bare the brunt of the Malaria infection. Number one is children because of their immunity, the second is the pregnant women because their immunity is also low then the last are the immuno-compromised individuals. People that have HIV/AIDS and other health complications. Their immunity would have been compromised.

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“All these three categories will bare the highest burden of this infection.

“To avoid child mortality, the question is can we have something to protect and this vaccine will be administered to children between 5 months to 36 months. It is not for everybody.”

He disclosed that the reason for the choice of people to be vaccinated is because vaccine development involves trials which takes into consideration many factors.

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He revealed that the malaria vaccine research has been on for many years though many had failed.

“This time around we are having a vaccine that has passed through all the trial stages and the efficacy is still high,” he said.

He advised that winning the fight against malaria infection involves taking care of the environment, using mosquito treated nets and getting tested for malaria.


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