|Second Stage of National Anti-polio Vaccination Campaign Underway in Cuba
2012.04.20 - 13:22:31 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVANA, Cuba.- The second phase of the 51st National Anti-polio Vaccination Campaign to immunize more than half a million children against this disease began on Friday in the 169 municipalities of the country.
According to a press release from the Cuban Health Ministry, until next Friday, 390,845 children under three years old will receive the second dose of the vaccine —the first was administered in March— while 34,217 nine-year-old children will receive a re-activation dose.
The note recalls that this vaccine should not be administered to children allergic to any of its components; those suffering from immunodeficiency disorders, or those with high fever, vomits or diarrhea.
Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious viral and infectious disease that affects the central nervous system causing permanent paralysis and even death, mainly in children between five and ten years old.
Cuba began massive annual campaigns in 1962, and up to the present day the Cuban doctors have applied more than 80 million doses of this vaccine; therefore, the Cuban population under 62 years old is protected against this disease.
On April 9, 1995, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the International Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication granted Cuba a certificate attesting the eradication of the disease in the Caribbean nation.