Dr. Tetteh Ojija, a medical practitioner at the Tema General hospital says Ghanaians should not shy away from the H1N1 vaccines as is happening currently.

He said vaccines in general come with their own side effects but does not mean people should shy away from them.

He stated some of the side effects reported as malaria-like symptoms, mild headaches, body pains, diarrhoea and some few others but says these side effects go away after a few days.

Dr. Ojija, who was speaking in a telephone interview with Focus fm’s Bernard Buachi, says the vaccines have been through so many tests and have been consequently approved as being safe and potent for the prevention of the H1N1 virus.

Earlier, vox pops Focus news conducted indicated that a lot of the residents in Kumasi would rather play it “safe” and not have anything to do with the H1N1 vaccines. Many residents raised concerns that had been relayed to them by friends and family who had had negative experiences with the vaccine after taking the shot.

There were others who were obviously oblivious of the existence of any such vaccine.

Story by Bernard Buachi, Focus FM, Kumasi

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