When the government announced a house-to-house drive for polio vaccination, parents were glad that they will not have to worry about their children missing the jab. However, the joy was cut short when their children started showing adverse reactions to the vaccine.
Parents have been complaining of effects such as fever, body aches, drowsiness, fussing and vomiting.
Since my son was vaccinated against polio, he’s been down with constant fever. I’ve heard a couple of parents complain as well. Any experiences out there?
— King Fred Asira (@FredAsira) July 19, 2018
Recent polio vaccine has left me worried, my kids developed swollen joints,complain of stomachache and fever.I have confirmed that 80% of children vaccinated av this trend.@MOH_Kenya
— ArapKoech (@roanbirgen) July 18, 2018
A mother on Facebook also posted:
Has there been an outbreak from the Polio Vaccination received by kids last week.Anyone who has noticed side effects of fever and vomiting?This has occured for the 1st time to my daughter and am worried.The las 3days have beeen bad — feeling sad.
This is quite dangerous as polio is a highly contagious debilitating disease which affects children and causes permanent paralysis. Polio is not curable, and can only be prevented by vaccination.
However, the doctors have come out to state these effects are quite common.
Smh… Some of the common side effects of polio vaccines
redness, pain, swelling, or a lump where the shot was given;
joint pain, body aches;
drowsiness, mild fussiness or crying; or.
— Dr Dunga Latimore (@D_latz) July 20, 2018
The Director of Medical Services, Dr Jackson Kioko has asked parents not to panic as the bivalent vaccine has more side effects compared to the vaccine previously used.
“Any vaccine’s used have advanced effects. They will always have a certain level of risks. With this regard with the ongoing polio campaign, we are providing people with the bivalent vaccine. It has more risks compared to what was there,” he said.
Nevertheless, parents have said it would have been better if the ministry of health and the officials giving out the vaccine warn the parents of the side effects instead of waiting until they manifested in their children.
What the government should do is mention the side effects of the polio vaccine beforehand and advice parents on the correct course of action in case the child is affected.
— VHL (@QSvosty) July 20, 2018
Why would they not announce this before and let parents decide for themselves thereafter?? 😠😠😠
I also dont buy this influenza cover story.
— Fred Rico (@FredRico4) July 20, 2018
The bivalent vaccine replaced the trivalent vaccine in 2016, according to the World Health Organisation.