A WhatsApp message announces the availability of cholera vaccines at Centre pasteur de Yaoundé (CPY), the health center where a cholera outbreak occured previously. According to the message, the cost of this vaccine is CFA9,700 per dose to be administered once, repeated two weeks after the first dose and two years after the second dose. The message also indicates that it was being administered at the health center every day from Monday to Sunday.
Well, this info is true!
The cholera vaccines administered at the CPY is Shanchol. On the health center’s website, there is a vaccines’ price guide that confirms the availability of such vaccine and the application procedures. As the message informs, the price of such vaccine is CFA9,700 and it is administered in two consecutive doses (separated by a two weeks period). The CPY also recommends renewing the doses every two years.
At the health center, the vaccines are administered every working day from 1 :00 PM to
3 :30 PM for classic vaccinations and from 8 :00 AM to 3 :00 PM for express vaccinations. On Saturdays, it is administered from 8 :00 AM to 10 :00 AM.
According to a cholera vaccine-related briefing note published by the World Health Organisation on March 26, 2010, Schanchol is an oral medicine. It is a bivalent serum since it protects against two serotypes of this disease.
It is prepared with the O1 and O139 serogroups and without B toxins. In addition, it is destined for the Indian and international market.
Actually, there are two types of oral cholera vaccines namely, Dukoral and Shanchol/Morcvax. According to the World Health Organisation, they are safe and ensure sufficient protection for the short-term.