Israel's polio vaccination efforts expand nationwide
AFPJERUSALEM -- Israel took its polio vaccination campaign nationwide on Sunday, saying a two-week vaccination effort in the south was not enough to curb the threat of an outbreak of the virus.
August 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
“Beginning today, children born after 1.1.2004 will be vaccinated with two drops of a weakened live (attenuated) polio strain, throughout the country,” the health ministry said in a statement.
“The decision to vaccinate nationwide is due to the ongoing presence of the polio virus in the Israeli sewage system, and it reaching children.”
The ministry said that since the launch of the campaign in the south of the country two weeks ago, 60,000 children — or 60 percent of the children in that region — had already been vaccinated.
Speaking on military radio, Health Minister Yael German said that while 98 percent of children in Israel had already been vaccinated as infants, “that does not prevent children vaccinated with a dead (inactivated) virus from being carriers and passing the disease on.”