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MoH has encouraged parents to allow their children to get vaccine as they conduct a 5-day polio vaccination drive.

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When many people hear about the polio vaccine, they take it for granted, but for the government, this is important for children’s health.

However, even though there has been awareness in the past years, some parents still are not concerned with the vaccine, especially at the grassroots. The government has made more efforts to give vaccinations to children to eliminate any kind of diseases caused by a lack of polio vaccination.

Moreover, the government in collaboration with the World Health Organization has been able to set aside 5 days in 4 counties to ensure that children under 5 years of age have received the polio vaccine. The government in collaboration with the World Health Organization has been able to set aside 5 days in 6 counties to ensure that children under 5 years of age have received the polio vaccine

Maybe you are wondering what is the importance of a child being vaccinated against polio.

Here are some of the diseases prevented by the vaccine: Polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, Hepatitis B, spinal fever, Rotavirus and pneumonia.

The second and third launches of the vaccine will continue in September and October in six counties which are Lamu, Tana River, Wajir, Mandera, Kitui, and Machakos. He said the government is targeting about 5.6 million children under the age of five.

However the vaccination exercise has been officially approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), the drug quality approval board and the national laboratory that controls health issues.

 

The event was attended by the acting director of health Dr. Patrick Amoth, the American ambassador in Kenya Mrs. Meg Whitman and other stakeholders of the health department. The minister encouraged parents to be on the front line to see that they have sent their children under the age of five to get vaccinated.

 

 

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