Fake meningitis vaccines warning

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In Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned that there are fake meningitis vaccines circulating.

The fake vaccines were discovered during routine inspections of the pharmacies in Niamey, which is the capital and largest city of Niger.

The alert concerns fake MencevaxTM ACW and MencevaxTM ACWY vaccines. The authentic forms of these vaccines are used to control meningitis outbreaks.

NAFDAC has warned healthcare providers and the public to be vigilant and to contact the nearest NAFDAC office with any information on the fake vaccines. It said that it has strengthened surveillance at all ports of entry to prevent distribution and sales of the fake vaccines.