The Government of Nigeria with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), and partners have launched a Yellow fever reactive vaccination campaign, funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
The campaign, launched in the last week of December, was to be implemented in 13 local government areas (LGAs) of Edo state where cases have been confirmed. The immunisation drive is in response to the unprecedented Yellow fever outbreak recently identified in the State.
More than 1.4 million people aged from nine months to 44 years were expected to be protected in this seven-day campaign, using part of the 3.1 million doses provided by the International Coordination Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision, funded by Gavi.
Since September 2018, more than 95 suspected Yellow fever cases have been identified across 15 LGAs in Edo state, with increased incidence in recent weeks. Thirteen of the 27 cases found positive at national laboratories died.
The response to the Edo State outbreak is part of the global strategy to Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) by 2026.
More than 32 million people have been vaccinated in Nigeria against Yellow fever during outbreak responses and preventive mass campaigns since September 2017, when the first Yellow fever case was detected in the country.