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Donnish Journal of Infectious Diseases and Immunity

August 2016 Vol. 2(2), pp. 007-010

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Original Research Paper


Vaccination and Immunization Misconceptions in Cameroon: An Appraisal


Ndipowa James Attangeur Chimfutumba1*, Yongabi Kenneth Anchang2 and Dismas Ongore3

1Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Cameroon Christian University, Bali, Cameroon.
2Phytobiotechnology Research Foundation Institute, Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda, Cameroon.
3School of Public Health, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.

Corresponding Author's Email: ndipowajames@gmail.com

Accepted 20th July, 2016.



Abstract


For several decades, Cameroon has been experiencing massive challenges with regards to infection prevention and the fight against epidemics. The resistance against and refusal of vaccines by some populations has marred the efficiency and efficacy of vaccination campaigns against diseases of epidemic potential such as Measles, Yellow Fever, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, etc. This phenomenon has been observed in many regions of Cameroon, particularly the North West, Litoral, Centre, East and West Regions of the country. In 1990, there was massive refusal of the Tetanus Toxoid vaccine (TT), followed by the refusal of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV), and the persistent refusals of the Poliomyelitis Vaccine by some families and communities. Very recently there has been massive anti-campaigns leading to the boycott of the Ebola Trial Vaccine in Bamenda and Yaoundé. Effective vaccination and immunization coverage in Cameroon, therefore, needs to be reviewed.

Keywords: Vaccination, Immunization, Misconception, Appraisal, Cameroon.

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Ndipowa James Attangeur Chimfutumba, Yongabi Kenneth Anchang and Dismas Ongore. Vaccination and Immunization Misconceptions in Cameroon: An Appraisal. Donnish Journal of Infectious Diseases and Immunity 2(2) 2016 pp. 007-010.


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