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Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2013

Syria: Major polio vaccination campaign under way

With the confirmation testing pending on some 22 “suspected” cases of polio in war-torn Syria, UNICEF has joined the World Health Organisation and other partners in mounting a large-scale immunization effort aimed at protecting as many children as possible both in the country and across the region against polio, as well as other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Image/Chris Zahniser, B.S.N., R.N., M.P.H.

Image/Chris Zahniser, B.S.N., R.N., M.P.H.

Inside Syria, a campaign led by the Ministry of Health began on October 24 targeting 2.4 million children with vaccines against polio, measles, mumps and rubella.

Around 500,000 children in Syria have not been vaccinated against polio in the past two years due to insecurity and access constraints. Prior to the conflict, immunization coverage in Syria was about 95 per cent.

The conflict in Syria has caused immense displacement, with millions of children on the move, either inside the country or across borders into neighboring countries and beyond. As a result, routine immunization systems so critical to preventing childhood diseases have been disrupted or broken down, and children are now at far higher risk of diseases such as polio and measles.

UNICEF is mobilizing a huge supply operation to make sure that vaccines are in place across the region, and reaching out to partners across all sectors to help raise community awareness of the importance of vaccinating children.

Multiple, supplemental immunization campaigns against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases will take place inside Syria and across the region through the end of the year.

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  1. Polio confirmed in Syria, ten cases identified - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Earlier it was reported that there were 22 suspected cases in the war-torn country. Most of the cases are very young (below two years of age), and were un- or under-immunized. […]

  2. Syria: Major polio vaccination campaign under way | Today Health Channel says:

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  3. Ema Weatherfor says:

    These are so very campaign for Polio Vaccination in syria
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