The world’s first mass dengue vaccination program is starting in Brazil. Two doses of Kyudenga vaccine from Japan will be given from February. Which children can take. The government hopes that 65 lakh vaccines will be available from the World Health Organization this year.
In January, 6 people died of dengue in Brazil, 56 thousand were infected. Which is twice as much as last year at this time. In 2023, dengue patients have increased by 57 percent compared to the previous year. In that ratio, experts fear that the severity of dengue will increase this time.
In this situation, the government gave good news to the people of Brazil. The Ministry of Health has announced the start of mass vaccination program to prevent dengue. It has been said that seven and a half lakh will be vaccinated in the first phase. In all, 6.5 million vaccinations are expected this year.
Japanese pharmaceutical-maker Kyudenga vaccine to be given in Brazil Brazil approved this vaccine last December. The European Union, Indonesia and Thailand have approved the vaccine. The World Health Organization recommends vaccination of children aged 6 to 16 years in dengue hotspots.
Annually, 10 to 40 million people in the world are infected with dengue disease, which is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. Scientists believe that dengue has increased due to climate change. Dengue infections are expected to increase by 36 percent by 2100 if global temperatures rise by two degrees Celsius.