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OnWednesday, March 9, the AUN Clinic will administer free vaccines against yellow fever, hepatitis B, and tetanus diseases.

The inoculation exercise will take place between 2 and 5 pm at the Robert Pastor E-library Study Rooms13, 3, and 8.

Chief Administrator of the Clinic, Mr. Philip Eappen, said that the vaccines are preventive measures. Explaining the seriousness of the mentioned diseases, Mr. Eappen urged the community to embrace the exercise.

“Tetanus is a serious illness that causes convulsions [and] muscle spasm which can be strong enough to cause bone fractures of the spine. Immunization against tetanus is given at childbirth and it is very important to have a booster dose every 10 years to prevent this disease.  

“Yellow fever is a viral infection which is caused by mosquitoes. It is a severe infection with a high rate of mortality. Vaccination against yellow fever helps to prevent it for 10 years. 

“Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by Hepatitis B virus. It spreads through infected blood or body fluids. Hepatitis B vaccine gives life-long protection against infection,” Mr. Eappen said.

Reacting to the Clinic’s gesture, Mr. Andrew Inegbese, a Business major and final-year student of AUN, stressed the importance of medical tests and routine checks.

“It is better to be safe than sorry,” Mr. Inegbese said, adding, “I will be getting the vaccine shots on Wednesday.”

AUN Clinic last conducted a similar exercise in May 2013.

By Ikechukwu Ilomuanya