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Polio campaign in Pakistan switches to injection vaccines


PESHAWAR– The health authorities have started administering polio injections for the first time in the history of Pakistan, the new strategy was adopted in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

According to media reports; The injectable/inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is said to be highly effective in preventing the paralytic disease, caused by all three types of poliovirus and is currently being used by a majority of the polio-free developed and advanced countries.

The officials said that polio injections have been planned for 17,393 children in the frontier region of Bannu. The drive continued for five days.

The experts are of the view that injections would be more effective as compared to polio drops, secondly the polio vaccination had been proved an uphill task due to the law and order situation and attacks on the vaccinators, besides refusals by the parents.

The inactivated polio virus vaccine is injected into a muscle or under the skin and is usually given by a healthcare professional in a hospital, clinic, or provider’s office.

Pakistan is one of the three polio-endemic countries which have been using oral polio vaccine (OPV) since the disease has hit the country.

The Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-18 of Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) had hinted at the new scheme in its April 2013 report, of introducing IPV for the first time in three polio endemic countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

January 28, 2015

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