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Posted on Oct 24, 2015 |

World Polio Day

World Polio Day

On the occasion of world polio day all of us ( Indians) can proudly say India has declared polio free in March 2014.This is done as there is no reported case of polio after 2011 and as is the policy, three years of no reported cases entitles the country to be called polio free. I would on this occasion clarify few myths and misconceptions.

Q. What is the best way to protect my child against polio?

A.Give both Oral Polio Vaccine and Injectable Polio Vaccine. Oral Polio Vaccine gives local immunity and Injectable Polio Vaccine also gives immunity but would benefit child as well as the community as every child immunized will excrete viruses in stools and this would decrease the transmission of wild viruses.

Give both Oral Polio Vaccine and Injectable Polio Vaccine. Oral Polio Vaccine gives local immunity and Injectable Polio Vaccine also gives immunity and would benefit child as well as the community as every child immunized will excrete viruses in stools and this would decrease the transmission of wild viruses.

Q. Is it okay or mandatory to immunize my child at every pulse polio immunization?

A. It is mandatory to immunize at pulse polio drive if your child is under 5 years of age. This will prove helpful to the community and will help eradication, as it boosts the immunity of all susceptible children at the same time.

Q. Is it okay to immunize my child when he/she is unwell?

A. Minor colds, coughs are not contraindications. But you can postpone oral polio vaccination if child has fever, diarrhoea or dysentery. But make sure to get the vaccine once the child gets well.

Q. Are there any children who should not receive polio vaccine?

A. No, there are no absolute contraindications. But some children who are immunocompromised (cancers, children on steroid drug therapy, post-transplant, children with HIV ) should avoid oral polio vaccine and should receive injectable vaccine

Dr. Sharmila Kaza /M.D (Paediatrics)
Dr. Sharmila Kaza
M.D (Paediatrics)