RTS,S/ASOI (RTS,S) is the world’s first malaria vaccine. The vaccine has been shown to provide partial protection against malaria in young children. The vaccine acts against plasmodium falciparum, the world’s most dangerous and prevalent malaria parasites.
The vaccine has been recommended by WHO for pilot introduction in selected areas of three African countries which includes Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. The vaccine will begin trial in Ghana on the 1st of March, 2019. The vaccine has been evaluated for use as a complimentary malaria control tool that could be added (and not to replace) to the core package of WHO recommend preventive, diagnostic and treatment measures.
Things you need to know…
Children under 5 years
The child must be vaccinated before he or she turns 36 months old (6th, 7th, 9th and 24th months after birth to achieve maximum results
The vaccine must be given through the Intramuscular route at the left upper thigh.