Sunday, June 10, 2007

Discovery of New Medicine

World Health Organization, PATH and Serum Institute of India Limited have jointly developed a new vaccine for meningitis A, considered as the deadly virus that could kill a person within hours. This new vaccine is extremely welcomed for meningitis hotspots in India and Africa.

I can vouch for that as I have at least 4 different kinds of jabs for my working trip to Sudan. What do I have? Meningitis (can't remember whether it's for A or Z), Typhoid, Yellow Fever and Hepatitis (was it A or B that I have been vaccined against?).

There is a yellow book which I have to carry around when I'm travelling abroad. It's like a register book showing what type of vaccination that I have in my body and date of vaccination taken. Certain countries, at the gate of entry to their country, may ask for your yellow book if they noticed (in your passport) that you have travelled to Africa before.

If you didn't bring it along, you could be sent back to your country on the first flight out or the worst could happen, they will quarantine you in their medical centre - segregated faraway in a room....... hehehe....don't mind if I got deported back to Malaysia when I arrived at Sudan but sadly they don't worry on that.....
Tags: World Health Organization, PATH, Serum Institute of India, Meningitis A, Meningitis, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, Vaccination, Health, Sudan



Blogger curryegg said...

THe new vaccine will kill a person within hours?
Em...what a dangerous thing...
And thanks for the infomation about the 'yellow book'.. ;)

11 June, 2007 01:11  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

hello, it's the virus that will kill, not the new vaccine...hehe

11 June, 2007 01:50  
Blogger Shionge said...

I have not idea until now and have yet to travel to Africa but does it applies to all nationalities about carrying this yellow book?

11 June, 2007 11:28  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

this yellow book is provided by the World Health Organisation esp for those who need to travel to hotspots area prone to such diseases (like where i go). normally when u take such vaccinations, the clinic will definitely give u a copy of the yellow book.

not everyone will go for such vaccinations for no apparent unless they need to go to such hotspots. and when u do go for it, def a yellow book is required.

11 June, 2007 11:40  

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