- August 19, 2021
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Ministry of health to start Mass Polio immunization
Following the announcement of polio out break in Uganda, the Ministry of health has said that mass polio vaccination will kick off next month to control the further spread of the polio virus.
According to the health ministry, mass vaccination is the only way to prevent a major outbreak and protect children from the crippling disease in the country.
Health experts in the ministry said the infectious strain of polio dubbed ‘circulating vaccine-derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2),’ which has caused the new polio disease outbreak in the country, came from vaccines.
A vaccine-derived poliovirus is a strain of the weakened poliovirus that was initially included in oral polio vaccine (OPV) and that has changed over time and behaves more like the infectious virus, according to the American Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).