Polio Vaccine Campaign Aims for 1 Million Children

YERUSHALAYIM -

A campaign to vaccinate children in southern Israel against polio has now been extended to the rest of the country by order of the Health Ministry.

About 50,000 children born after January 1, 2004, have been vaccinated so far, and a three-month-long effort in other parts of Israel is set to begin on Sunday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

In all, one million children up to nine years, eight months of age will receive the two drops of OPV at tipat halav (well-baby) clinics. When the academic year starts, students will receive their OPV in their schools.

The vaccination campaign is intended to prevent children who were vaccinated with the injectable polio vaccinate (IPV), and are thus protected, from infecting those children who have not yet received their shots or older individuals who have weakened immune systems due to chronic disease.