Eradicating polio: Oral vaccine to be replaced in 2015

Govt approves introduction of IPVs to be used in routine immunisation drives to strengthen children’s immunity.


Our Correspondent April 26, 2014
IPV is more effective compared to oral vaccine because it is injected, according to Dr Khan. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD:


The government has approved the introduction of inactivated polio vaccines (IPVs) to be used in routine immunisation drives to strengthen children’s immunity.


Expanded Programme on Imunisation (EPI) National Manager Dr Ejaz Khan said IPV would be introduced in Pakistan in 2015 with the support of Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).  “The government will communicate the decision to GAVI.”

IPV is more effective compared to oral vaccine because it is injected, according to Dr Khan. By 2019-2020, IPV will completely replace oral vaccines.

The proposal to introduce IPV was endorsed by all members of the National Inter-agency Coordination Committee on Thursday.

With oral polio drops given at birth, an injection of IPV will ensure Immunity against polio. This is a major step in compliance with international commitments towards eradicating polio from Pakistan by improving routine immunisation.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2014.

COMMENTS (5)

Azzy | 7 years ago | Reply @ KarimKhan. No medical procedure is without its hazards, The choice depends on how much of funds can be allocated to this activity and the means for obtaining the maximum traction for the money spent. This is not Scandinavia or Holland or other advanced countries. The simplicity of OPV is a winner. Azzy
Azzy | 7 years ago | Reply

@Karim Khan.

I have no interest what ever in any business that profits from the manufacture or sale or commerce of/in any vaccine. My observations stem from my contact with and observation of vaccination activities, and the folks in Pakistan assigned with the responsibility of administring and managing the APV drive.

Azzy

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