The government has kicked off an emergency polio vaccination drive targeting 12 counties following the detection of a high risk virus.
The five-day oral vaccination campaign targets 2.4 million children under the age of five years.
The vaccination campaign comes amid worrying statistics that reveal a decline in the number of children honoring immunization schedules.
Reports of a surge in the circulation of a high risk polio virus have prompted the Ministry of Health to launch an emergency polio response campaign.
The ministry is calling on parents with children aged five years and below to get them vaccinated against polio starting in a campaign that will run until the 15th of July.
The strategy is meant to prevent infection through immunization until transmission stops.
Health officers will be moving from door- to – door with health facilities also set to administer the vaccine.
The exercise will be conducted in Kiambu, Nairobi, Kajiado, Kitui, Machakos, Meru, Isiolo, Tana River, Lamu, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.
Traces of the polio virus type2 were found in sewage samples collected in Eastleigh in March.
The ministry has warned that the polio virus can cause paralysis in un-immunized people.
Kenya has been free of wild poliovirus since 2014.