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Scientists Consider TB Vaccination For Adolescents

Jean-Marc Giboux


The Ministry of Health is reviewing the recommendation from scientists that a booster shot for tuberculosis vaccine should be administered to all adolescents and adults to increase protection.

The scientists made the recommendation after discovering that the protection from the TB vaccine, is only strong among children under five years old.

This means the rest are at higher risk of contracting the disease, which kills 30 Ugandans daily.

Dr Mary Mudiope, one of the experts in the TB fight in the country, says that because of the low protection from the current vaccine, scientists are developing new vaccines that they hope will provide better protection against TB.