Govt kicks off emergency polio vaccination drive

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Govt kicks off emergency polio vaccination drive
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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