South African Medical Journal

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The Expanded Programme on Immunisation in South Africa: A story yet to be told

NR Dlamini, P Maja


During the past two decades, immunisation has saved millions of lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in South Africa (SA). However, vaccine-preventable diseases are still a threat. A vaccine-preventable disease that might lead to a 1- or 2-week illness in an adult, could prove deadly for infants, children or elderly people. Vaccination protects oneself and one’s family. For example, adults are the most common source of pertussis (whooping cough) infection in infants, which can be deadly for the latter. This article demonstrates the commitment of the SA government to immunisation, highlights key milestones of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) and dispels the myth that the EPI in SA is in shambles.
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